Wyoming residents can both save money on their utility bills from free weatherization programs, and they can also get financial help and grants to pay heating and energy bills. Most of the utility and gas companies across the state administer some type of program for their customers.
A number of services and resources are available to low to moderate income families in Wyoming. Be sure to call your utility company in Wyoming early and often to learn about programs and plans they can offer. Do not wait until you have between disconnected, or face an imminent disconnection. By then it is too late.
The programs to ask about include these.
Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power - If you have qualified for the federal government funded Low Income Energy Assistance program, this utility company can provide these customers with additional grants and financial assistance that is above and beyond the LIHEAP program. Apply for up to an additional $30 from Cheyenne Power to pay heating and energy bills. Call Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power.
Energy Share of Wyoming - If you do not qualify for other assistance, such as LIHEAP, then this program may be able to help you. It can offer energy bill assistance for those who do not have other options and who may be facing an emergency situation, such as a medical emergency, unexpected financial hardship, or some other situation which prevents you from paying your utility or heating bill on time. Many organizations in Wyoming partner together for funding and administering this particular financial assistance program, such as private donations, charities, utility and gas companies, local businesses and other groups. Apply at the Salvation Army in your town, or feel free to call or stop by the Sheridan Powder River Energy, Sundance, or Gillette offices.
Low income government assistance - The state administers the two main federally funded energy assistance programs for those who are struggling. They include weatherization as well as the LIHEAP grant program. Tens of thousands of families, seniors, and unemployed in Wyoming receive some form of assistance from these resources every year. The demand for them is high, and funding is limited, so apply early and often. Read more.
Lower Valley Energy - Customers of this company can get financial help from Operation Roundup. Not only are grants and financial assistance offered for bills such as utility and heating, but funds can also pay for other expenses like heating oil, housing, rent, and more. Basically if someone is facing a crisis, utility disconnection, or a hardship they can apply for Operation Roundup. Call one of the following. Afton Office (307-885-3175) or call the Jackson Wyoming Office at 307-733-2446.
Rocky Mountain Power - This company partners with Wyoming Energy Council, Inc. to provide low to moderate income customers with weatherization services and other energy conservation resources. Save money on your monthly bills by these free conservation programs. Dial 1-800-538-4228.
Rocky Mountain Power has several other resources available in Wyoming. Some of the options include Energy Share or the federal government funded Low Income Energy Assistance Program. Both of these can help low income households pay their energy bills, with a focus on gas and heating bills during the winter month. More on programs from Rocky Mountain Power.
Senior Tax Rebate - Seniors who are 65 years of age or older may qualify for a rebate from this program. The program provides a tax rebate check for up to $600, and the exact amount of financial assistance provided will depend on the applicants income and other program guidelines and criteria. An applicant must be income qualified and have some type of medical concern or disability. Dial 307-777-7986 to learn more, or pick up an application at your local senior center in your town or community.
Yampa Valley Electric - This company also serves customers in Wyoming. Most of the assistance available is offered by non-profits and government agencies that partner with Yampa. However the energy provider also offers payment plans and other solutions to qualified low income and senior customers. Additional support is provided during the cold winter months as well. Get information on these plans, budget billing, and government programs such as LIHEAP. Learn more.
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