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Attention low income pensioners, persons with
a certi ed disability, low income households and
CBOs, NGOs or FBOs
As of October 2013, the Utilities Assistance Programme (UAP) has been expanded to include the
1. Utilities Bill Assistance Extension
The subsidy on water and electricity bills has been extended to two new groups:
▶ other Low Income Pensioners who receive a pension other than the Senior Citizens
▶ other Low Income Persons with Disabilities who are not in receipt of the Disability Grant
The electricity consumption level criterion has increased from 400kWh to 500kWh per bill
with the maximum annual subsidy increased from $684 to $840.
2. The provision of a Water Tank to Low Income Households/Community Facilities; and
3. The provision of a Solar Panel to Low Income Households in remote areas
This programme targets the following persons:
1. Subsidy to WASA and T&TEC Bills
Recipients of the Senior Citizens' Pension, Disability or Public Assistance Grants, or TT Food
Pensioners over 65 years, who receive a monthly income equal to or less than $3,500, inclusive
of the pension
WASA residential customers who own one property in Class A2, A3 or A4
T&TEC customers with an average consumption over three (3) billing periods (6 months) of
500kW or less.
2. Water Tank Assistance
Households with a total income of no more than $6,000 per month who depend only on pipe
Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Faith
Based Organisations (FBOs), that are engaged in community activities.
3. Solar Panel Assistance
Households with a total income of $6,000 located in remote areas outside of the current
electricity grid and where it has been determined uneconomical for the installation of electricity
For additional information please contact the Customer Service Unit at the Ministry of Public Utilities at:
Ministry of Public Utilities
#2 Elizabeth Street
Phone: 628-9500 (exts. 1116, 1120); Fax: 628-6067
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC UTILITIES
Sleeping with the light on could lead to worse
Zzs, a small new study suggests.
Reuters first reported on the study, published in
the journal Sleep Medicine, which showed that
sleeping with the lights on is linked with waking
up more often in the middle of the night and having
more shallow sleep. Plus, it seems to affect brain
oscillations that are linked with sleep depth.
Ten study participants with healthy sleep patterns
underwent two sleep sessions where they were
monitored using polysomnography. In one of the
sessions, they slept with the lights on, and in the
other, they slept with the lights off. Reuters reported
that the light came from a fluorescent lamp just
a few feet away from the participants.
The South Korean researchers found that when
the participants slept with the lights on, they had
more shallow, stage 1 sleep and less slow-wave
sleep, as well as increases in arousal during sleep.
There were also changes to brain oscillations, "espe-
cially those implicated in sleep depth and stability,"
they wrote in the study.
However, Michael Gorman, a biopsychologist at
the University of California, San Diego, who was
not involved in the study, told Reuters that the
light used in the study was "not like the light from
your alarm clock."
While this study showed the potential impact of
lights during sleep, past research has also shown
that lights before sleep can take a toll. A perspective
article published in the journal Nature earlier this
year, written by Harvard sleep medicine professor
Charles A Czeisler, MD, PhD, detailed how artificial
light stops sleep-promoting neurons and activates
neurons linked with arousal. Czeisler highlighted
the association between the rise of electric light
and the rise of sleep deficiency.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, an
optimal sleep environment is vital to getting a good
night s rest---and that includes keeping a dark bed-
room before heading off to slumberland.
lights on all
Sleeping with the light on could lead to worse Zzs, a small new study suggests.
The National Sleep Foundation provides the
following recommendations for minimising light
At bedtime, think dark: a dark bedroom
contributes to better sleep. Try light blocking
curtains, shades or blinds. If you find yourself
waking earlier than you'd like, try increasing your
exposure to bright light in the evening.
It may delay sleep onset but as little as one to
two hours of evening bright light exposure may
help you sleep longer in the morning. Also, make
sure to avoid light if you wake up in the middle of
the night to go to the bathroom. Minimise light
by using a low illumination night light.
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
The South Korean researchers found that
when the participants slept with the lights
on, they had more shallow, stage 1 sleep
and less slow-wave sleep, as well as
increases in arousal during sleep. There
were also changes to brain oscillations,
"especially those implicated in sleep depth
and stability," they wrote in the study.
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