Find local help for staying warm this winter.
Home Safety Tips
According to the United States Fire Administration, more than one-fifth of residential fires are related to the use of supplemental room heaters – wood- and coal-burning stoves, kerosene heaters, gas space heaters and electric heaters – so, before you put logs in the fireplace or plug in the electric heater, take some precautions. And never use an oven or stove to help heat your home. Learn more
What special help is available for older Pennsylvanians?
Older adults are served by the state’s 52 Area Agencies on Aging, which are overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Area Agency on Aging staff can help older adults complete and submit applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) program. They also assist older people with information and referral to the $1 Energy Fund and the many other utility-sponsored or private assistance programs that exist on a regional basis. The services offered by Area Agencies on Aging may vary from region to region. Many Area Agencies do offer some direct winter weather-related assistance, such as providing emergency shelter to older adults who are without heat.
How can I help others in my community cope with the energy crisis?
Pennsylvanians can always be counted on to assist one another during times of crisis.
Here are a few suggested ways in which you can help others in your community:
- “Adopt” an older neighbor or relative, checking on them regularly to make sure they have heat and are in good health.
- Donate to the $1 Energy Fund or other utility-sponsored hardship funds.
- Donate to church or community groups that assist at-risk and low-income families during times of financial crisis.
- Support or organize local blanket and coat drives.
Do you need help paying your bills? LIHEAP may be able to help you. Find out more by reading this brochure.
The Community Action Association of Pennsylvania
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Helping Older Pennsylvanians Stay Warm This Winter
This winter, record prices are expected for natural gas and home heating fuel. That’s why Pennsylvania wants to help you prepare, so you can save energy, money and stay warm this winter. Whether it’s assistance paying home heating bills or tips on weatherizing your home, there are resources and funds that can help you stay warm this winter.
Low-income Rate Assistance
Pennsylvania’s major gas and electric utilities are required to provide Customer Assistance Programs (CAPs), which generally provide a percentage of bill plan or a percentage of income payment plan, wherein low-income customers’ utility payments are based upon their incomes and/or utility bills. Some programs include utility arrearage forgiveness; others provide flat rate discounts or bill credits. Under electric and gas restructuring legislation all electric and gas utilities are required to offer universal service programs, to include CAPs, and to continue pre-restructuring low-income programs.
Low-Income Energy Efficiency
LIURP includes an education component that addresses energy savings, regular bill payment behavior and provides application assistance.
Office of Financial Education
There are lots of resources out there to help you improve your bottom line. But you have to choose carefully. Some disreputable advisors and counselors may charge you high fees or steer you toward products you don’t need. And “get-rich-quick” scams can leave you with less than you started with.
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
PHFA’s Renovate & Repair program is designed to help homeowners with low to moderate income rehabilitate and/or improve their homes. Not only does the R&R loan provide an attractive interest rate, but it also provides the homeowner with help determining the repairs and/or improvements to be done. In this regard, the program provides much more than a loan–it provides peace of mind in knowing that the right home repairs are done and were completed in a timely manner with quality workmanship. The program can be used to finance energy efficiency improvements, the repair or replacement of a heating or cooling system, roof repair or replacement, new windows and much more.