Help With Energy Bills

Emergency assistance is available to low-income District residents whose Pepco or Washington Gas service has been discontinued or who have run out of heating oil. Those without power, heat or gas may apply in person, without an appointment, at the D.C. Energy Office, 2000 14th St. NW, Second Floor, between 8:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. weekdays. Others should call the D.C. Energy Office hotline at 202-673-6750.

Qualified applicants may be eligible for a regular benefit and, depending on the amount owed, up to an additional $520 in emergency assistance. Benefits are paid directly to the utility company.

Applicants should bring proof of household income; their most recent utility bills, rent receipts or lease agreement; and documentation from the utility that service has been disconnected. Recipients of emergency energy assistance also are required to attend workshops on saving energy.

Learning to Save Energy

The D.C. Energy Office is holding free workshops on energy-saving measures for District residents to help soften the impact of rising energy prices. The half-hour workshops will be held at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. on weekdays and at 10 a.m. and noon Saturdays in the D.C. Energy Office, 2000 14th Street NW, Second Floor, through Oct. 31.

The workshops will demonstrate caulking techniques and weatherstripping, how to check and change furnace filters, gasoline conservation techniques and other ways to lower energy consumption. For more information, call the D.C. Energy Hotline at 202-673-6750.

Family Day at C&O Canal

The C&O Canal is hosting a free Family Fun Day from noon to 4 p.m Sunday at Fletcher's Cove, on the canal at the intersection of Canal and Reservoir roads. Activities will include 18th-century music and games, songs and stories about canal history with a professional reenactor, a guided four-mile round-trip bike ride to Great Falls, a ranger-guided hike, and children's fishing lessons with equipment provided free. For more information, call 202-653-5190.

-- Compiled by TERENCE MCARDLE