During Energy Action month in October, Community Action Agencies highlight various programs and services available for families with a limited income.
You may be able to get help paying for part of your winter heating costs if you meet income guidelines. Community Action Agencies in Iowa will help you apply for benefits through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Until you apply, we cannot tell you how much money you will receive, but the amount could range from $200 to $500. The amount is based on income level, family size, the type of fuel you use to heat your home, and other factors. If you are determined eligible for benefits through the LIHEAP program, you will also be prevented from disconnection from your heating and electrical service through April 1st of each year.
Applications are accepted being accepted now for households with a member over the age of sixty, and for households with a disabled member. For all other households, applications will be accepted starting November first.
The Weatherization Assistance Program is a program established to help reduce the heating and cooling costs for families with a limited income, particularly the elderly, disabled, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, thereby reducing the households’ energy bills. The program also improves the health and safety of low-income homes.
The installation of energy efficiency measures for each dwelling is based on a computerized energy audit which determines the cost effectiveness of each measure. Energy efficiency measures include high density wall and attic insulation and blower door – guided infiltration reduction. Because the weatherization procedures result in “tightening” homes, indoor air quality and other client health and safety issues are also addressed. Health and safety measures include safety checks of all combustion appliances.
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