Families and individuals in New Hampshire can get help for paying utility and winter heating bills. Many of the assistance programs focus on the low to moderate income, elderly, and disabled in the state, but consumers have various types of options available to them.
Some of the emergency and financial assistance programs are offered by the state, but most of them are offered by utility companies and non-profits that are located across New Hampshire. In addition to grants and financial support, and learn about ways to reduce your energy bills through conservation.
An energy conserving program in New Hampshire is offered to electric utility customers across the state. Various individuals may be able to take advantage of statewide energy efficiency products, weatherization programs and services funded by the energy efficiency portion of the System Benefits Charge (SBC). Qualified low-income customers living in an apartment or house, whether the house is owned or rented, can receive up to $3,600 in energy conservation services. Also note that the maximum amount of aid offered can be increased up to $5,900 if customers also qualify for the NH Weatherization Assistance Program. Some of the services offered can include lighting upgrades , a customized report analyzing their home, improvements including insulation, thermostats, and efficient refrigerators, and recommendations on how to use energy more efficiently and save money. Contact local community action agency to explore this service.
New Hampshire statewide Neighbors Helping Neighbors program is currently administered by most of New Hampshire's regulated utility and gas companies, and they all participate in a statewide fuel assistance and cash grant fund that is administered by the Salvation Army as well as community action agencies in coordination with LIHEAP. The "last resort" fund operates year round, serving households after any federal government LIHEAP funds are exhausted. You need to call your local community action agency to get help.
Statewide New Hampshire program is known as the tiered-discount program (TDP). This is a so called modified percentage of income payment plan, will serve about 23,800 households across the state. The various tiers are structured to provide qualified low to moderate income households with monthly energy bill payments that have a maximum value assigned to them. On average the maximum bill charged to an eligible customer will be four percent of their total household income for general use customers and six percent for electric heat users.
In addition to those statewide programs offered, find more local options below. Or you can read about free heating oil programs, or options for consumers who are faced with an emergency situation. Click here.
Government assistance - The state of New Hampshire receives grants from the federal government to pay for programs such as LIHEAP or Fuel Assistance. The funds are primarily disbursed during the winter time and go towards helping to pay heating bills. Money may occasional be offered during the summer for cooling bills. Another option is weatherization, which will help families save money on their utilities. Continue with fuel assistance and weatherization in New Hampshire.
Granite State Electric – They also administer an Electric Assistance Program. Qualified low to moderate income customers can receive discounts on their monthly electric service. Contact a local Community Action Agency for application. The phone numbers are Cheshire & Sullivan 603-352-7512 or 1-800-529-0005; Coos, Carroll & Grafton 603-752-7105 or 1-800-552-4617; Hillsborough 603-668-8010 or 1-800-322-1073; Rockingham 603-436-3896
Granite State Electric runs a Home Energy Bill Assistance Program, which can help reduce energy costs and bills for low income customers. The program is targeted at those individuals and families with electricity bills that are currently averaging more than $30 per month. You will be assigned an Energy Manager to help you save money, and they will see if you qualify for other energy conserving measures such as ENERGY STAR lighting, ENERGY STAR refrigerators, water saving measures and insulation and air sealing measures. Call Hillsborough County—Southern New Hampshire Services 800-322-1073. Cheshire or Sullivan County—Southwestern Community Services 800-529-0005. Coos, Caroll or Grafton County—Tri-County Community Action 888-842-3835. Rockingham County—Rockingham Community Action 800-639-3896.
KeySpan Energy Delivery – Certain low income customers can potentially receive a discount on their monthly gas or utility bills. Qualifying low to moderate income heating customers will receive a 50 percent discount on the gas delivery portion of their heating or utility bill. To qualify for this assistance, the household needs to receive or be qualified to receive benefits from one of a number of federal government or state assistance programs such as Food Stamps , LIHEAP, SSI, WIC, TANF and others. Contact KeySpan at 1-800-262-4111 to learn more or apply for the discount.
KeySpan Energy Delivery – The Low-Income Weatherization Program can offer free home weatherization services and programs to New Hampshire customers who are currently getting R32 and R4 discount rates. Renters and homeowners may qualify for up to $3,600 in cash grants to pay for weatherization measures including insulation, heating system replacement for homeowners, or air sealing. Call the following. Community Action Program (Belknap-Merrimack Counties) 603-225-3295. Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc. ( Hillsborough County) 603668-8010 x6051
New Hampshire Electric Coop – Energy conserving updates are offered as part of Home Energy Assistance. This options is for income-qualified members and families who are currently living in an apartment or house, whether it is owned or rented, and these individuals can receive up to $3,600 in services from the program. Energy bill saving improvements may include Improving windows with energy-saving storm windows, Upgrades to ENERGY STAR rated appliances, Sealing air leaks with caulking and also installing weatherstripping, Upgrades to ENERGY STAR lighting, Replacing old thermostats on heating systems with new programmable thermostats, Installing thermal covers on windows, sliding glass doors and whole house fan, and Upgrading insulation in attics, walls and basement ceilings. Call 1-800-698-2007
New Hampshire Electric Co-operative - Qualifying low income members may be able to get a discount on their bills from the Electric Assistance Program. This will provide a discount on their monthly electric bill. The amount of the discount provided is based on the household gross income and the type of space heating used in the home. Contact local Community Action Agencies in New Hampshire for more information or details.
Northern Utilities - Qualifying heating customers of this energy provider may be able to receive a 50 percent discount on the gas delivery portion of their utility/gas bill starting November 1, 2005. To qualify for aid from this service, similar to above, a household must receive or be qualified to receive benefits from one of a number of government assistance programs such as TANF, LIHEAP, SSI, Food Stamps, WIC, or any of many other government programs. Contact Northern Utilities at 1-1-800-552-3044 to apply.
Public Service Company of New Hampshire – A 35% discount is offered to low income customers, and the discount may provide them with a 35 percent or more discount off their monthly heating and electric bills. You need to contact one of the six local Community Action Agencies (CAA) that are located throughout the state of New Hampshire to apply for help from this particular program or to get more information. Dial 1-800-662-7764
Public Service of NH - Several other financial assistance and grant programs are offered. Some are federal government created programs such as weatherization or LIHEAP, and other payment plans are offered directly by the energy provider. Read more Public Service Company.
Unitil (Concord Electric) offers Home Energy Assistance. The program is for income-eligible customers, and they may be able to receive an energy audit, attic and building shell insulation, new lighting and fixtures, air-sealing, weather-stripping, programmable thermostats that are installed for free, electric hot water measures, and ENERGY STAR refrigerator replacements. To learn more or to apply you need to contact Unitil's Customer Service Center at 800-852-3339.
Unitil offers the Electric Assistance Discount (EAP). This is the statewide energy assistance program that provides low income-eligible, the working poor and other qualified residential customers with a discount on their monthly utility and/or electric bill. To find out if you qualify for financial help or cash grants from this energy provider and program, and to apply for the Statewide EAP, please contact your local Community Action Agency (CAA) at the number listed here. Rockingham County Community Action Agency (Portsmouth, NH Phone: 603/436-3896 or 800/639-3896). Belknap / Merrimack Counties Community Action Agency (Concord, NH Area Center: 603/225-6880). Atkinson, Danville, Newton & Plaistow should contact the Salem, NH office at phone number 603/898-8435.
Unitil - There are several other government assistance and cash grant programs offered. Click here for information on additional options.
Winter heating bills - The state and energy companies offer conservation programs, referrals, home improvements as well as cash assistance. Resources can help low income customers pay their bills in a crisis and provide for free weatherization and conservation measures. Continue with New Hampshire heating bill programs.
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