The Indiana Energy Assistance Program helps with paying heating bills and summer cooling costs. Low income households can apply for financial assistance from LIHEAP, the Home Energy Conservation program as well as weatherization. These are the three main federal government and state of Indiana energy assistance programs for low income families and individuals.
While cash grants for paying bills are offered as part of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the longer term solutions are weatherization as well as the Indiana Home Energy Conservation (HEC) service. Many at risk low income families can often benefit from both of these government support programs.
The Energy Assistance Program, which is Indiana’s version of LIHEAP, focuses most of its financial assistance on paying heating bills. As funding allows, some funding or resources may be available to help with cooling or air conditioning costs during the hot summer months.
Assistance and cash grants can help low-income households pay for their utility services during the cold winter heating season. The program is run from your local town or county Community Action Agency, and there are locations in every county across the state. The local centers offer intake, information, application processing and will also issue checks to be used for utility vendor payments.
The LIHEAP Winter Assistance Program operates from about November to May, while the Summer Cool Program will usually operate during July and/or August. The mission of the Indiana Energy Assistance Program is to help low income households in paying their utility bills and addressing their immediate needs. While anyone can apply, any cash assistance provided (which is offered on a first come-served basis) is focused on those aged 60 or older, the disabled, and families with a child under 12 or so. During the cold winter months, this program helps prevent utility and natural gas companies from shutting off home heating service to low-income families.
While the aid is paid out as one-time assistance to individuals and families, additional crisis grants may be available to eligible customers if their heating service is in danger of disconnection, has been shut off, or if the applicant needs bulk fuel or heating oil. Also, if you are enrolled, a recipient is protected from having their utility services disconnected between December 1 and March 15.
When applying to a community action agency, some of what will be needed as part of an LIHEAP application includes name, birth dates, and Social Security cards for all household members, proof of income and home ownership, current electric and heat bills, and more.
The cooling program in Indiana may offer a one-time $100 credit on your electric account or air conditioner bills. Certain recipients may qualify for a free air conditioner or fan if someone in your household is a senior, has a medical condition, or is a young child. Most of the help will go for people with a doctor’s note stating that a household member has an emergency medical need for an air conditioner, and that the lack of cool air during the summer can put a household member at risk and jeopardize health. If you have recently received assistance from the Indiana cooling assistance program then you may also not qualify for additional support.
The free Home Energy Conservation Program is the state of Indiana’s version of weatherization. It can help residents across the state save money on and reduce their heating and utility bills. The program offers free and permanent solutions to improving someone’s home or residence, and it will make their homes more energy efficient. Among low-income households, the resource prioritizes applications from families with children, elderly residents, individuals with disabilities, and households who are high energy users.
While the United States Department of Energy pays for most of the weatherization services, community action agencies in Indiana process applications.
An inspection of your home or residence will occur first in order to find out how you can maximize energy savings. All types of structures can benefit from Home Energy Conservation, including one or two family homes, modular units, and more.
The next step is construction teams that are trained by the state of Indiana will install the energy efficiency upgrades to help you maximize energy savings and save money. Examples of these conservation measures include reducing air infiltration, adding extra insulation, and performing heating system tune-ups. Your current furnace, refrigerator, gas stove, and water heaters are tested for efficiency can may even be replaced (at no cost to you) if they are not efficient.
Education workshops will also be held so people know how to save energy. These sessions held across Indiana will provide energy saving tips and advice. All of these weatherization services, audits and energy efficiency upgrades are installed for free to qualified families.
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