According to the Department of Energy, heating bills are expected to go up this year1. For single parent families on a tight budget, that money can be hard to come by. Thankfully, there are multiple programs available to help offset energy costs for families in financial crisis.
If you find yourself in need of assistance, one of the very first things you should do is contact your utility company. Most of them already have programs in place to help customers in need, and they can help you establish a manageable payment plan to stop your utilities from being shut off.
In addition, there are numerous public and private programs available in each state. LIHEAP, which stands for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, can help you find programs in your area. LIHEAP also provides energy-saving tips, maintenance schedules, and more.
Click on your state below to find a list of programs in your area:
District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)
U.S. households forecast to use more heating fuels this winter compared with last winter. 10 Oct. 2012. Department of Energy. 9 Sept. 2013 [http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=8310].