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Idaho heating bill and utility bill assistance programs.

Assistance programs in Idaho can provide grants and financial assistance for paying heating, utility and energy bills. There are several non-profits, government programs, and ways to get help directly from your utility provider. Every years tens of thousands of Idaho families receive aid.

Below you will find details on many of the resources and services offered to qualified low income, elderly, and working poor customers. Find your utility provider, and call them for help with your bills.

Financial assistance and payment plans from utility companies in Idaho

Avista Utilities – Customers can apply for the Project Share assistance program. This is a program that is funded by donations from customers and utility companies. Money is distributed to those who need help directly from your local community action agency. Financial grants are available to those in need of help without regard to their heating source. Contact your local community action agency in your town or county in Idaho to apply for help.

Avista Utilities – They offer enhanced weatherization and energy conserving program. Qualified customers from Avista Utilities customers can receive free weatherization services, including insulation and air sealing, as well as heating system improvements or repairs through Avista Utilities and their local community action agency. Call Bonner Co. 208-255-2910; Shoshone Co. 208-783-4901; Lewiston 800-326-4843 ext. 231; Kootenai Co. 208-664-8757; Latah 208-882-3535.

Avista - Low income customers, unemployed, seniors, and people who are struggling in Idaho do have other options available to them. The company offers financial aid, referrals, conservation, and much more. Click here Avista utilities assistance programs.

Clearwater Power Company – The Helping Hand Assistance Program may be able to assist low and also fixed income households and families deal with and pay for unexpected emergencies. Dial 208-743-1501 to learn more, or you can always apply for help at your local community action agency.

 

 

 

Idaho Power Company - Project Share is offered by this utility company. The program is run by your local Salvation Army branch. Funds and grants are available year round to help those who cannot pay for their winter heating and energy bills due to unemployment, illness, disability, age, or reduction in income. Contact your local community action agency or the Salvation Army.

Idaho Power – This energy company also offers energy conserving programs and home updates. Idaho Power provides financial assistance and cash grants to both Oregon and Idaho Community Action Partnership (CAP) agencies and non-profits to help them cover the cost for weatherization of electrically heated homes of qualified customers.

The phone numbers to call for more information or to apply include. Bingham, Power, Oneida, and Bannock counties, call 208-233-7348. Canyon, Gem, Payette, Boise, Washington, Valley, and Adams counties, call 208-459-0065. Ada, Elmore, and Owyhee counties, call 208-322-1242. Lemhi county, call 208-523-5466. Blaine, Camas, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Minidoka, Twin Falls, and Cassia counties, call 208-733-9354 or 1-800-627-1733

Idaho Power - Several other emergency financial assistance and grant programs are available. The utility company also offers energy conservation. Click here for details on all of their solutions and financial help from Idaho Power.

Intermountain Gas Co. – A couple different services are offered to low income and people in need. They include Project Share, which provides financial assistance with paying for temporary heating emergencies. Project Warmth is another program that provides funds which are distributed by community agencies. Soda Springs area 208-547-4257. Idaho Falls area 1-800-632-4813

Kootenai Electric Cooperative - Operation Roundup provides the low income with emergency funding and assistance, and money will be used to address crucial needs such as providing for free food, clothing, shelter, medical care, prescription medications, and education, but it is not limited to these specific categories.

Rocky Mountain - Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership (Idaho Falls area) - For weatherization services, (208) 523-5466. For general energy and heating bill assistance questions, (208) 522-5391

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocky Mountain - South Eastern Idaho Community Action Agency (Pocatello area). For general energy and utility assistance questions, (208) 233-7348. For weatherization and conservation services, (208) 237-099.

Rocky Mountain Power – This utility offers a program called Lend a Hand. It was formed in close partnership with local charities and non-profit agencies, and together these groups help customers who are in need pay their electricity and utility bills. Income-qualifying customers can receive free weatherization and conservation services, which may include refrigerator replacements, insulation, compact fluorescent light bulbs and measures that improve water heating efficiency and conservation programs.

Questar Gas - Thousands of families in Idaho receive their natural gas and electricity from this energy provider. Several resources are available for lower income, unemployed, and struggling customers. Some of the more common assistance programs, including LIHEAP and weatherization, are offered in partnership with the federal government. Read more Questar Gas assistance programs.

Free government grants and conservation services from the government

Government programs - The federal government and state of Idaho administer low income energy assistance programs for those who need help, and who spend a significant amount of their income on their utility bills. Some cash grants may be provided for your bills, or the government may even pay for improvements and modifications to your home. More Idaho LIHEAP programs and other services.

The state of Idaho has other utility disconnection prevention programs, which will help low income families, seniors and the elderly keep their lights, heat, or power on. The main goal of each of these is to provide the customer time to get their power back on - often from payment plans or negotiated settlements. Read more on how to prevent a utility disconnection.

By Jon McNamara

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