National Energy Assistance Program to Help with Your Bills
Heating and cooling your home can be tough on your bank account. In the dead of winter, you want to keep your home’s thermostat at a nice and toasty 80 degrees so you don’t sit inside freezing all day long. In the middle of summer, you want to keep your air conditioning at 65 degrees to keep yourself from sweating 24/7. But the reality is doing both of those things can cause your bills to skyrocket, no matter your budget. If you’re already trying your best to keep your electric and gas bills as low as possible, the temperature of your home can become even more of a problem.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, helps low income families by paying for their homes’ cooling and heating. The LIHEAP also helps families make their homes more efficient by helping fund home improvement projects that help with energy efficiency. It also helps in the overall health of families by reducing health risks related to dangerous cooling and heating systems. In the case of a weather emergency, states that offer LIHEAP offer additional funding to keep families safe.
What Amenities Does LIHEAP Offer?
The design of LIHEAP differs from state to state. But general LIHEAP offices help by providing things like:
-funding for your cooling and heating bills
-emergency energy aid
-home updates to increase the efficiency of your home
Will My Entire Utility Bill Be Covered by LIHEAP?
Aid varies depending on the state, personal financial standing, family size, energy expenses and more.
How Will LIHEAP Lower My Future Bills?
A share of LIHEAP aid can be spend on energy efficient repairs for your home. Though this isn’t required, the home repairs can include anything from leaking windows and doors to insulation to furnace and air conditioner repairs. Sometimes these repairs are only applicable for home owners, not renters.
If I Receive TANF or SNAP, Am I Applicable for LIHEAP?
Once again, this will depend on your local office. LIHEAP offices are given the option to approve a family on Social Security, SNAP, TANF and specific veterans. They are not required to do this, but it is an option. Even if these qualifications apply to you, you must fill out a complete application.
How Much Can I Make and Still Be Qualified for LIHEAP?
Individual offices set their own requirements for income. That means that your requirements change depending on your state. The offices take into consideration your income, how many people live in your home and other components of your financial well-being. Typically, for an average family of four, the maximum annual household income before taxes to be eligible for is $36,450, but it does vary depending on location.
Are Renters or Those Living in Public Housing Eligible?
LIHEAP accepts applications from renters regardless of whether or not their utility cost is worked into their rent or they pay their utilities independently.