Beat the Summer Heat

As we head into Summer, temperatures are not the only thing that tend to rise. Many people often see an increase in their utility bills, due to the cost of cooling their homes. Benefits.gov offers resources in its “Energy Assistance” category to help citizens reduce their cooling costs and make their homes more energy efficient.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers financial assistance to low-income households for heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment, energy-related home repairs, and more. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides grant funding for the program, which is administered at the state and tribal level. You can learn more about eligibility and how to apply by contacting your state or tribal LIHEAP office. Also, the Energy Efficient Mortgage Insurance program, offered by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), assists homebuyers and homeowners by helping them get loans to cover the cost of adding energy saving features to new or existing housing.

Assistance is also available to help low-income families reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. The Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons provides funding to install insulation, seal leaks and conduct other home energy updates. Overall, the program seeks to improve housing energy performance and decrease the cost reflected in energy bills. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awards grants to states, U.S. territories and Indian tribal governments, who administer the program. To learn more and find out if you are eligible, contact your state weatherization agency.

In addition to exploring the resources above, we encourage you to complete our Benefit Finder questionnaire to determine your eligibility for over 1,200 benefit programs on our website.

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