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Utility and electric bill assistance programs.

Most utility companies in Iowa offer financial assistance programs and/or free weatherization or conservation services. Get information on utility bill help for struggling customers below, including grant money, disconnection prevention services and also payment plans from utility companies in Iowa. There programs that are available to low income households, the disabled and elderly that can help with paying electric bill to keep the power on.

Each company and program has its own criteria. In general, the financial aid to help pay utility or heating bills is targeted at the low income, working poor, unemployed, elderly, and families with children. These are the people who are most at risk if they were to lose their power. Various charities, non-profits, government programs, as well as direct financial support from utility companies is offered to qualified individuals.

Find who to contact for help paying your energy and heating bills in Iowa. Also learn about how you can save money from weatherization programs.

Assistance from utility, light, and gas companies in Iowa

Access Energy Cooperative – The ReCare assistance program is available only to  members of this cooperative. It is an energy bill assistance program that is available for the low income families as well as the elderly and ReCare can help them pay their winter heating bills. Dial (319) 385-1577, or contact your local Community Action Organization for more information.

Alliant Energy - Hometown Care Energy Fund. Recipients of assistance from this program include older citizens who live on a fixed income, individuals and families who are struggling with paying for hospital bills and/or medical problems or a job loss, and eligible people still trying to pay off last winter's high heating and energy bills. The program is run by, and funds are administered and distributed by regional community action programs. Dial 1 (800) 255-4268 to apply for the program or to learn more.

Alliant Energy provides additional services to qualified low income customers. Some of them, such as weatherization, are run in partnership with community action agencies in Iowa. Read Alliant Energy assistance programs.




Atmos Energy – The Sharing the Warmth assistance program uses donations from customers and private individuals and the money can be used to help people pay their monthly gas and utility bills in Lee county. Contact Southeast Iowa Community Action, 319-524-6383, to learn more about the offering or how to apply for help.

Black Hills Energy – A weatherization program is run by this utility company. Weatherization improvements which are covered by Black Hills Energy funding include, but are not limited to, the following. Water heating measures (pipe wrap, low-flow showerheads, and faucet aerators), additional insulation (including floor, ceiling, and wall), Band joist, as well as air infiltration measures. Call your local community action agency to apply for help or weatherization saving measure and improvements.

Black Hills Energy - The service they offer is known as Black Hills Cares. Basically local non-profit assistance agencies will determine customer eligibility and distribute funds to the needy and low income. Call  888-890-5554 or 1-800-303-0752

Black Hills Energy administers other programs for struggling customers and those facing a disconnection of their service. The company also has referrals to government programs such as LIHEAP and community action agencies. More details on Black Hills energy bill assistance.

Butler County REC – Also offers RECare. Will help the low income, elderly, and seniors pay energy bills during the winter. Dial 319-267-2726 or 888-267-2726

Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative – Like many Iowa energy companies, they also offer customers RECare. Funds are provided to local community action agencies and the money is used to help low-income families pay for winter heating and energy bills and to help them weatherize their homes.

Consumers Energy - Operation Round-Up can help individuals pay their monthly energy bills. Community action agencies run the program at the local Iowa town and city level, and they provide money to help low-income families with paying for their winter heating bills and winterization of their homes. Call 800-696-6552

East-Central Iowa REC – Call the energy provider at 319-443-4343 or 1-877-850-4343. RECare is available to help pay heating and energy bills. Energy conserving measures are also provided.





EMBRACE IOWA - This is a financial assistance program that is sponsored by the Des Moines Register. The program can help Iowans who need immediate financial assistance and for some reason are unable to receive help or financial assistance through other existing programs. All applications for the program must be made at a local Iowa Community Action Agency. 1-712-527-2747 or 641-774-8133.

Harlan Municipal Utilities – Donations and contributions fund a program known as Project Share. The Shelby County Human Services, HMU, and your local Community Action Agency partner together to run the program for the low income, elderly, and others who need help.  Call 712-755-5182

Harrison County Rural Electric Cooperative – Community action agencies provide financial assistance as part of RECare. Money can pay winter heating bills and provide for weatherization. Call 712-647-2727 or 1-800-822-5591

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative – A couple different resources and services are offered. They include the following. RECare offers weatherization and grants for paying winter heating bills. Operation Round-Up is another charity/donation program in which member donations provide funds to organizations and individuals in need of help with expenses like medical emergencies, housing, and energy bills, and also for family emergency disasters. 712-362-7870 or 1-800-225-4532

MidAmerican Energy – Another program is known as HomeCheck. It provides homeowners with a free energy assessment for homes built before December 31, 1994. Some of the improvements or repairs that can take place include the installation of pipe insulation, waterbed mattress pad, water heater blanket, low-flow faucet aerators and shower heads, and energy-efficient light bulbs among other updates. Dial 888-427-5632 or 1-800-545-0762

MidAmerican Energy – They also run energy conservation and weatherization programs. Funding for low to moderate income weatherization programs are available to customers year-round. MidAmerican's energy efficiency and conservation department, with both financial and non-financial assistance from the Iowa Department of Human Rights, administers the energy conserving program and distributes funds specifically earmarked for home improvements and weatherization projects to low-income customer homes in their service territory. Dial the Iowa Bureau of Weatherization at 1-515-281-3861 or call your local community action agency.

Mid-American Energy Company – Receive assistance from I CARE. Aid is available for the unemployed, people who are living on fixed or low incomes or experiencing a family crisis by helping pay their heating bills or making their homes more energy efficient. Low income and LIHEAP guidelines need to be followed in order to receive aid. Call 1-888-427-5632

The programs listed above are three of the resources offered by MidAmerican Energy in Iowa. A number of other emergency assistance programs are administered, many in partnership with local community action agencies and the government. Find more assistance from MidAmerican Energy.

Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative. Call them at 712-755-2166 or 1-800-234-5122. They offer Operation Round Up, and their version is intended to help people facing a natural disaster.





Northwest Rural Electric Cooperative – This Iowa utility company also offers a couple programs. Call them at (800) 352-0014 or 1-800-383-0476. They include Operation Round Up, which can provide grants for a crisis. Also RECare, which is run by community action agencies, can help people pay a heating bill in a crisis and also provide weatherization improvements.

Peoples Natural Gas/Energy One/Black Hills Energy – Call 1-800-303-0752 for information on Project Helper.

Prairie Energy Cooperative – RECare is available for help paying a heating bill during a crisis, and RECare can also help with weatherization. Call  (515) 532-2805, 641-923-2654 or 1-888-225-8707

Rideta Electric Cooperative, Inc. (dial 515-464-2244) – RECare can help people pay winter heating and utility bills. Also it can provide funds for weatherizing a home. Call your local community action agency.

Southwest Service Iowa Cooperative – RECare is administered by community action agencies. Call Corning 641-322-3165 or dial Stanton 712-829-2211. It can provide funds for paying heating bills, and offer energy conserving improvements. The main company number is (888)-220-4869.

Government low income energy bill assistance programs in Florida

Grants and Free Conservation from Low Income Programs - Income qualified families, seniors, and the disabled can receive emergency heating and utility bill assistance from LIHEAP. Or individuals can apply for energy saving measures from weatherization. Learn about Iowa LIHEAP and weatherization.

The government as well as charities can also pay for non-traditional heating sources too, as many homes and even farmers in Iowa may use them. Whether firewood, kerosene, propane, oil, or another source. Find free firewood.

By Jon McNamara

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