How to Get Help and Assistance with Heating Bills in Connecticut
Connecticut Operation Fuel
A private, not-for-profit organization that will provide emergency heating bill and energy bill assistance to state residents who are not eligible for other government assistance. Most of their clients do not qualify to receive government aid as their income is too high, but, because of a unforeseen crisis in their lives they cannot make ends meet and are thereby forced to make impossible choices between paying their heating bills or other bills. And as all Connecticut residents know, trying to survive a winter in Connecticut with no heat should not be one of their choices.
The Operation Fuel program uses a network of almost 70 community organizations that provide assistance and grants to help pay the heating and utility bills of households in need. They organizations include town social service agencies, nonprofit organizations such as the Salvation Army, community action agencies, Visiting Nurse Association and religious organizations. These organizations voluntarily commit their time, and also administer the energy assistance program. For information on applying for this heating bill assistance please call 211.
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In addition, all gas public service companies are mandated by the state of Connecticut to offer an arrearage forgiveness program for gas heating bill customers. Arrearages will be forgiven if a customer makes regular payments on their bills. Eligibility criteria include: arrears of $100 or more that are more than 60 days overdue, income of less than 200% FPG, and the customer must have have had at least $25 paid toward bill. Electric utilities also have voluntary arrearage forgiveness as part of their budget programs.
Winter Protection Program
All utilities have this program as well. It prevents customers from heating, electric service shutoffs, or natural gas shutoffs for nonpayment of bills from Nov. 1 to May 1. Click here to learn more.
Matching Payment Program
Most utility and gas companies offer this plan. Customers who maintain eligibility under the Matching Payment Program will have an additional reduction in the past-due amount on their heating bill for every dollar paid to their utility company.
Warm Up Fund
Donations from local communities provide funds for heating bill assistance in Westport and Weston.
Winter Protection Program
This is also offered by most companies. It Protects families who are struggling from having their heat or electricity service shutoff, or natural gas shutoff, for nonpayment of heating bills from Nov. 1 to May 1.
Connecticut Light and Power
Connecticut Power and Light customers can eliminate or reduce their past-due bill balance if they pay an agreed-upon budgeted amount on time, each and every month month.
Low-Income Weatherization Residential Assistance Program (WRAP)
This is a free weatherization aid for Connecticut customers who use more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year.
Connecticut Natural Gas
On site energy audits are offered to customers that will provide recommendations of energy conservation measures. Also, professional weatherization and insulation services are provided for free to qualified hardship customers.
United Illuminating Co.
The UI Helps will provide energy-saving advice and products for your home, for free.
The Windsor Fuel Bank
Additional heating fuel assistance is can be received from The Windsor Fuel Bank for CL&P and Connecticut Natural Gas customers.
Customers with a limited income, or those who are struggling, may be eligible for free home insulation and other measures to save energy and money on heating bills.
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