Low-Income Rate Assistance
- New York's eight investor-owned utilities, and one municipal power authority, have low-income energy programs totaling about $20 million per year. The programs vary considerably by utility service territory and have varying eligibility guidelines. Most offer rate assistance and one or more other services such as arrearage forgiveness, weatherization, appliance repair and replacement and aggregation.
- Income-Eligible Senior Energy Assistance Program
A one-time only $200 electric bill credit is available to eligible seniors who are 62 years or older. These bill credits will be made on a first-come/first-served basis based on availability of program funds. You can apply for the electric bill credit at any LIPA Customer Service Center (www.lipower.org/custserv/centers.html). Please be sure to have your proof of eligibility, with you at the time of application. Income guidelines are available on LIPA’s website. Mail-in applications are also available on the website.
Low-Income Energy Efficiency
Residential Energy Affordability Partnership (REAP)
Team members provide energy efficiency education and install energy-saving devices that may include: compact fluorescent light bulbs; refrigerators; water heater insulating jackets (for electric water heaters) and for customers with electric heat or central air conditioning: central air conditioning tune-ups and filter replacements; air and duct sealing and insulation; attic and wall insulation; programmable thermostats and energy-efficient water devices.
Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®
Reduces energy costs of low- and moderate-income households by providing affordable energy efficiency improvements to households. Free home assessments and subsidies of up to 50% of the project cost, up to $5,000 per household are available for homeowners and renters. For more information, eligibility guidelines and applications, visit the website below.
EmPower New YorkSM
Provides no-cost energy efficiency solutions to income-eligible New Yorkers. Meauseres include cost-effective electric reduction measures, particularly lighting and refrigerator replacements, as well as insulation, and health and safety measures. On-site energy use education provides customers with additional strategies for managing their energy costs. Eligibility is 60 percent of state median income. There is no cost to the customer. Referrals will be accepted from participating utilities, local Offices for the Aging and Weatherization Agencies. For additional information contact Honeywell International at 1-800-263-0960.
Emergency Charitable Assistance
Applicant must show a heating and/or fuel-related electric bill in his or her name and address that is in termination, pending disconnect or severely overdue (for any fuel source) or be financially unable to secure heating oil/propane/kerosene etc. when the tank is empty or near empty. Applicant must live in Nassau County, Suffolk County or the Rockaway area in Queens (LIPA service area). Grants are available between December 1 until March 31 or until funds are depleted. Apply at one of the local agencies listed on LIPA’s website: http://unitedwayli.org/project_warmth.asp