Energy Assistance Programs

Winter is here and so are those winter energy bills.  If you are unemployed, like me, your budget is tight.   There are times when you consider not paying one bill just to pay another.  If there was only a way to either trim those energy costs or another way to get them paid.  Fortunately there is.

There are two federally funded programs that can be of assistance.  They are the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The Weatherization program is designed to assist home-owners reduce energy costs by making it more energy efficient.  Some of the work that is offered:

  • Air sealing
  • Attic and wall insulation
  • Furnace repair and replacement

LIHEAP is designed to assist eligible households pay for winter assistance on utility bills.  This program provides a one-time benefit for heat and electric bills.   The amount is determined by income, household size and heating fuel type.  This program also offers Emergency Furnace and Reconnection assistance.

I do need to point out that both of these programs are income-based.  You will need to setup an appointment with either the State or local organization that administers the program.  To find your local agency I suggest Google and typing in either name for the program.  When you call ask them exactly what documents they will need for the application process.

I have used both programs.  Yes, they are governmental programs.  They do need clear documentation.  If something is missing they will ask for further clarification.  I did make the mistake myself of not asking when I first started the application process.  This did cause some delays.  However, the application did go through.

Yes, I recommend these programs.   They have been of help to me.  At first I was reluctant to use these programs.  However, I must say that this assistance has taken at least one less worry out of my basket.

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