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What is Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program?

| Articles | August 31, 2011

Different things are required during winter season for keeping your house warm. When you are planning to buy or making a new house then you should keep in mind that this house bears the winter cold. Your house walls should be insulated properly for keeping the house warm. Another important thing your house must have good heating system for keeping your house warm and comfortable. The most important thing in winter season is keeping your house and it is very easy to say but difficult to maintain.

It is very difficult to maintain your heating system because of too much high electricity bills. For some family it is not easy to pay bills due to non-availability of funds.

For poor and needy families, the low income home energy assistance program is designed. In short it is called LIHEAP. This program helps those people who are not able to pay electric bill especially in winter.

In some areas there is summer season then you need a proper air condition system for keeping houses cool. In these areas low income home energy assistance program also provide its services. In summer season especially in months of June, July and August, people need cool house during the mid day. This is only possible if you have proper centralized air conditioning system. If your income is below the average then you can’t afford this air conditioning system.

Low income home energy assistance program facilitate the people in different ways according to the requirements. If people need cash for maintaining their system they give them cash. Some required fuel for running their energy system. Not only cash they also give coupons, vouchers and stamps in replacement for home energy. During this program, they help you by giving prepaid utility bills.

The mode of payments depends on the needs of household according to their priorities. Family size also plays an important role in low income home energy assistance program.

This program has especial eligibility criteria. First of you have to show as one economic unit. This economic unit can be present a single person or a group of persons representing one family. After that you must have a residential energy system either you buy it or take it on rent.

In this program, grant is also awarded to those people whose has low income according to their set rule. You access this program through internet or with the help of office of Federal Government. You easily download forms through internet and then submit it online through your email. But it is better that you will go to federal government office personally and submit your form.

Different states have different durations for processing the application. But mostly office takes one to two week in processing the application form. Each state offers different Low income high energy assistance program.

First of all get the information through net that which type of program is offered by your state. Some states offer you a program of making your home energy system efficient.

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