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Utilities will be expensive this winter, here’s how Americans can get help paying for heat

Many Americans are worried as inflation causes their heating bill to increase. It’s only going to get colder, and some Americans need help paying for their heat.

Just last week the White House asked states and their local governments to plan programs that would help handle the cost of heating this winter.

President Joe Biden asked that if utility companies are getting public dollars, they don’t allow utility shut offs for their customers.

There are also programs out there that Americans can apply for that may help offset the cost of some of their heating bill. One is called the Weatherization Assistance Program.

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What is the Weatherization Assistance Program and how will it help me lower my heating bill?

The Weatherization Assistance Program is a program for families with low income. It helps them lower their energy bills in the form of creating more energy efficient homes.

Funding is used to help improve eligible families homes.

Some of these things are as simple as insulation in the attic, which has been estimated to save people up to $200 per year.

Funding is disbursed to states by the U.S. Department of Energy. The state governments then work with local community action agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local governments who will help provide weatherization services to families in need.

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20-30 million Americans are estimated to qualify for these services. The services are free to families and provided by the state.

To qualify, you need to show you need help with energy costs for your home. You need to be a resident of the state you apply in.

Preference is given to people over age 60, families with people who have disabilities, and families with kids.

Anyone that gets SSI is automatically eligible.


Your annual household income needs to be below the maximum outlined by your local government.

Each state runs its own Weatherization Assistance Program, and you’ll need to check with your local weatherization provider to start an application. You’ll need to provide proof of income before being approved for the program.

When you’re approved, a time is scheduled for the local weatherization provider to come do an audit on your home.

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Upon completion you’ll be provided with the information that determines the best course of action to save the most energy in your home.

Any work is solely energy related. Roofing, siding, and structural improvements are not included.

The average cost of necessary work in 2020 was $7,669 per home.

Work is usually finished within 1-2 days and inspected after.



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