MidAmerican Energy operates in several states in the central part of the country. Get details on the financial assistance programs that are are offered for individuals in Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.
Maybe the leading resource for those who are struggling is the I CARE program. This mostly relies on donations and is often also referred to as Help Your Neighbor. The program allows people to donate funds to community action agencies, directly to MidAmerican, or other non-profits. All of the money you donate will go to the qualified working poor and the money will help them pay their utility and heating bills. A focus is on preventing disconnection. It can also pay for energy conservation and weatherization.
All the money someone contributes goes to helping the needy as no customer contributions are used for administrative expenses. Better yet, your donation does directly toward providing financial assistance to low-income customers in your community and state, whether it is Illinois or some other region.
Customer who need help, or people who want to donate, can contact the American Red Cross, MidAmerican Energy, or a community action agency. Call 888-427-5632 for details.
The Budget Billing Plan will help people plan and it can ease the fluctuations in a customers monthly bills. Anyone can sign up as as it is not a discount program and does not provide lower rates to consumers. It just level sets the customers bill to make it more predictable each month. So customers will not be hit with spikes in their bills during the winter or summer months.
The amount of your MidAmerican Energy is based on your past usage history over the previous 24 months. The customers average monthly cost is determined by taking those months and dividing by 24, and that is the total amount due and it will take into account your projected electricity and natural gas prices. Your account will be reviewed every three to six months. Based on your usage, a true up may be due from time to time. Or more than likely the amount of your monthly bill will be reset a few times per year if it is needed. During the review process customer service representatives will recalculate your average monthly cost, factor in your budget balance, and also take projected energy costs into consideration. Any customer can enroll, regardless of your income levels. Call 888-427-5632.
Illinois and Iowa customers of MidAmerican Energy have access to several resources specific to that state. They are mostly government funded assistance programs and include options such as LIHEAP and/or weatherization. They operate in the winter and occasionally Illinois may provide money for paying cooling bills during the summer. To learn more or apply, call 877-411-9276.
Or look into Keep Warm Illinois, which is a one-stop site that is available for information about how to pay your heating bills. Learn how to deal with the cold winter months in Illinois. Access resources, including those offered by MidAmerican, that help you keep yourself, your family and your home warm. Also get free energy conservation tips and resources, including weatherization.
The Keep Warm Illinois program represents a collaboration among utility companies and also state agencies that partner together to help the low income, unemployed, and less fortunate. Examples of agencies include the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP), the Illinois Tollway, and other agencies such as the Department of Human Services.
In addition to the I CARE program referenced above, Nebraska families can apply to the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, which is fully supported by MidAmerican Energy. It can assist people with limited incomes and it will help them pay for either heating and/or cooling their homes. Whether you receive your electricity or natural gas from MidAmerican, this federal program may be able to assist. While funding will vary, qualified customers may receive up to $250 per year. Also if you’ve been threatened with a utility disconnection, or have received a shutoff notice from MidAmerican Energy, then you may be eligible for up to $500 in additional assistance from the state of Nebraska. Income and other guidelines are in place as well. Phone 877-411-9276.
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