Find Ways to Get Help with Heating Bills in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, will provide energy assistance grants and help with paying heating bills to eligible individuals and families. If you need help with paying your mortgage or to stop a foreclosure, the website Loan Modifications matches people who are behind on their mortgage payment with service providers who can help them lower their monthly payments and keep their home by modifying their existing mortgage. In 2008 the site helped nearly 100,000 homeowners nationwide. It is free to request information.
You do not need to have an unpaid heating bill to receive energy assistance. You can also receive this help without being on cash assistance. No claim or lien is placed upon your property if you receive help through these programs.
LIHEAP Crisis Grants are also available in an emergency situation, such as:
- Lack of oil or fuel
- Broken home heating equipment or leaking lines or pipes that must be replaced or fixed
- Termination of your utility service
- Danger of being without fuel or in danger of having your utility service terminated
Your local County Assistance Office will provide more information about the LIHEAP program as well as a wide range of other assistance or help that may be available to you.
In addition to the LIHEAP assistance program, there are additional sources for heating bill assistance, such as the Pennsylvania weatherization program.
The Pennsylvania Weatherization Assistance Program is managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. This program has a goal to increase the energy efficiency of homes and dwellings that are occupied by lower income residents, by helping to lower their heating and energy costs while safeguarding their safety and health.
Also, Pennsylvania’s major electric and gas utilities offer the Customer Assistance Programs (CAPs). This provides a percentage of heating bill plan or a percentage of income payment plan, which allows customers’ payments to be based based upon their incomes and/or amount of heating bills. Some programs include forgiveness of old bills, while others provide flat rate discounts or credits towards a heating bill.
Low Income Usage Reduction Program (LIURP):
This aid program is based upon income and energy usage, customers may be able to receive heating system retrofits, caulking, weather-stripping, additional insulation and other energy-saving measures.
Pennsylvania’s electric and gas utility companies are required to provide aid called the Customer Assistance Programs (CAPs). This assistance program typically provides a percentage of bill plan or a percentage of income payment plan, which means that lower income customers’ utility and heating bills payments are based upon their incomes and/or amount of utility bills. Some programs may also include utility arrearage forgiveness; others will provide flat rate discounts or bill credits. Learn more on this program and other hardship programs.
Utility providers partner with energy conservation contractors and community-based organizations that perform energy-saving home improvements and also provide energy education for customers.
Philadelphia Utility Emergency Services Fund
The Philadelphia Utility Emergency Services Fund provides over $2 million annually in energy crisis assistance to eligible families
Provides emergency financial assistance to help pay heating bills for families facing financial hardships. Most utility companies offer this program.
PPL - Operation Help
Funds may be used to help pay any type of home heating bill, such as gas, electric, natural gas, coal, or oil.
$1 Energy Fund
This is the fourth largest fuel aid fund in the United States. It helps those in help with their utility and heating bills.
Equitable Gas - Hardship Fund
Supplemental payments and cash grants are given for both the repair and replacement of defective heating equipment or gas lines.
National Fuel Gas - Neighbor For Neighbor Heat Fund. This aid fund provided cash grants to prevent disconnection of heating and utility service, pay past due and current heating bills, or purchase home heating fuel or oil of any kind. Also, the Low Income Residential Assistance Program (LIRAP) provides old bill waivers and payment plans.
Allegheny Power - Offers both CAP and LIURP.
Central Electric Cooperative - Family Fund Energy Assistance Program
Aid will assist families with paying heating bills. The Family Fund will match whatever the struggling family is able to pay, up to $200, during a twelve month period if certain conditions are met.
Spring City and Royersford - Project Outreach
A once per year emergency aid program for Spring City and Royersford residents will provide families in need with up to 150 gallons of oil per household to residents.
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and National Fuel Gas - CAP and LIURP. In addition, they have an Emergency Repair Fund which provides for the repair or replacement of water heaters, natural gas furnaces, space heaters and other devices that serve as the primary heat source for a family.
Dominion Peoples - Offers both LIURP and CAP.
Duquesne Light - Stay Warm Programs
Helps low income, disconnected customers have their service turned back on and it provides other credits of up to $150 to help pay old bills. Find additional heating programs from Duquesne Light. More.
Equitable Gas of Pennsylvania - The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) allows to pay a portion of their household income for heating bills and gas service.
Met-Ed, Penn Power and Penelec - All these companies offer the Warm Program, which involves them partnering with various organizations and energy conservation groups to help Pennsylvania families save on their heating bills.
National Fuel Gas - The Neighbor For Neighbor Heat Fund helps ensure service is not disconnected, and help pay for heating fuel and bills.
Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL) - OnTrack
A special payment plan that provides reduced monthly payments on bills, protection from service shutoffs and also debt forgiveness.
Operation Help - Funds may be used to pay any type of home heating bill, such as oil, electric, natural gas, or coal. WARM Program will provide free home energy education and weatherization assistance to help eligible low-income customers.
Reach Hardship Fund will provide payments directly to energy vendors of low-income customers to help with heating and energy bills.
PECO - The LIURP plan and CAP assistance program are available. Click here to find addition PECO programs.
Philadelphia Utility Emergency Services Fund
One of the largest fuel assistance funds in the country is in Pennsylvania. It provides over $2 million annually in energy crisis assistance to help families pay heating and utility bills.
Philadelphia Gas Works - Customer Responsibility Program is reduced monthly billing for eligible customers. Conservation Works helps families save on heating bills.
PPL Gas - The Customer Assistance Program is a special discounted rate program offered for low-income Pennsylvania households to help them save on heating bills. In addition, Operation SHARE will provide emergency financial aid and grants to help pay heating bills for Pennsylvania families with financial hardships.
TW Phillips Gas & Oil Co. - Energy Help Fund
Rate discounts and also gives opportunities to Pennsylvania customers to reduce past due balances on bills as long as timely monthly payments are made.
UGI Penn Natural Gas - Partners Program
Reduced rate bills are set for low-income customers based on a percentage of their income, and also allows for bill arrearage forgiveness.
Pennsylvania heating bills are scheduled to rise 20-30%. The programs indicated above should hopefully provide you ways to save on your heating bills.
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