Note: In 1994, a new provision, Assurance 16, was added to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program statute. It provides LIHEAP grantees the option of spending no more than five percent of their LIHEAP funds on services that encourage and enable households to reduce their home energy needs and thereby the need for energy assistance, including needs assessment, counseling, and assistance with energy vendors.
State FY % Funds Description Alabama 2014 2 Needs assessments focusing on target groups of the elderly, disabled and small children. Energy and financial counseling and assistance with energy suppliers with the goal to reduce shut-offs and disconnects. Alaska 2014 0 Arizona 2014 5 Energy conservation education Arkansas 2014 5 Case management, job referrals, budget counseling, energy education, meter reading California 2014 5 Energy needs assessment, budget counseling, energy conservation education, advocacy with utilities, energy efficiency measures Colorado 2014 0 Local agencies are allowed to spend up to 5% of LIHEAP
weatherization funds on energy education and counseling.
Connecticut 2014 $1 million Risk assessment, counseling, energy education/awareness and assistance with energy suppliers/vendors Delaware 2014 2 Energy conservation workshops and financial counseling Dist. of Columbia 2014 5 Provide educational workshops to counsel participants on how to identify energy waste, increase energy efficiency, understand and read their utility bill in an effort to assist clients in reducing their energy costs. Florida 2014 0.5 Dept. will explore ways to help clients reduce energy usage. May include contracting with local agency, state, or consultant to assess energy needs, develop energy education materials, or enhance energy education through vendors. Georgia 2014 .001 Outreach to vulnerable groups, negotiations with fuel providers, consumer counseling, partnerships formed to strengthen and extend available resources to low-income households Hawaii 2014 0 Idaho 2014 5 Energy conservation education, budgeting, assessment of household energy and weatherization needs, low-cost/no-cost weatherization supplies, increased outreach Illinois 2014 5 Client education and counseling; outreach and coordination with other related programs targeted to elderly and persons with disabilities. Indiana 2014 5 Case management with emphasis on self-sufficiency and energy conservation Iowa 2014 5 Budget counseling, advocacy, energy education, low cost weatherization, needs assessment. Kansas 2014 0 Kentucky 2014 .09 Budget counseling, energy conservation education, assistance with utility payment plans Louisiana 2014 .8 State provides resources, services, and expertise to local agencies to enable them to provide energy conservation education and information to clients Maine 2014 2 Outreach, budget counseling, needs assessments, home energy education and referrals. Maryland 2014 5 Assistance with energy suppliers; referrals to weatherization, churches, fuel funds, shelters; counseling - earned income tax, renter's tax credit; alternative home heating, conservation information Massachusetts 2014 2.65 Needs assesment (including consumption data collection); counseling; assistance with energy vendors (shutoffs, arrears management, budget plans); FastTrack emergency service; referral to energy conservation services Michigan 2014 0 Minnesota 2014 5 Budget counseling; energy conservation education; vendor negotiations; advocacy with fuel suppliers on behalf of households; household energy assessments; referrals; case management; public relations and outreach Mississippi 2014 5 Consumer education classes, vendor-sponsored workshops, low-cost/no-cost weatherization measures Missouri 2014 0 Montana 2014 5 Administering agencies target client outreach and education activities such as energy education at public events; educating vendors about energy programs and establishing client referral practices; engaging youth in energy awareness to promote conservation. Nebraska 2014 0 Nevada 2014 5 LIHEAP/EAP staff assists households by mediating with the utility companies and other energy vendors, coordinating sources of assistance, counseling, and making referrals to other agencies and programs. New Hampshire 2014 5 Preventive services for households in crisis - targeted needs assessment; energy and financial counseling; assistance with energy vendors New Jersey 2014 0 New Mexico 2013 0 New York 2014 0 North Carolina 2014 0 North Dakota 2014 0 Ohio 2014 2.5 Data obtained by the regulated utilities is used to target high usage households with energy efficiency education. Local agencies will provide case management to assist clients in determining the best payment plan options for their household budgets, including PIPP. Oklahoma 2014 0 Oregon 2014 5 Case management (including needs assessments, budget planning and arrearage management), energy education, energy saving incentives (kits). Pennsylvania 2014 0 Rhode Island 2014 4 Needs assessments, counseling, and assistance with energy vendors. South Carolina 2014 5 Energy education accomplished through household assessment, agency referrals, income management counseling, energy workshops and educational materials, intervention with energy vendors to promote client responsibility and prevent energy crisis, and follow-up evaluation with the family to ensure progress. South Dakota 2014 2 Work with other agencies to ensure that literature and applications are made available; post information on the website; help promote energy conservation through utility-sponsored events; client referrals. Tennessee 2014 2 Local agencies can use up to 5% of their budget to provide energy conservation tips, and assistance with cutoff notices and other problems with energy suppliers. Texas 2014 5 Identify household needs, provide literature and energy conservation education, refer client to other appropriate programs, encourage responsible vendor and consumer behavior. Subrecipients provide applications, forms, and energy education materials in Spanish, English, or other language when appropriate. Utah 2014 0.44 energy conservation education, weatherization materials (e.g., caulking, heat deflectors, tape, etc.), and activities such as needs assessments, counseling, and assistance with utility vendors. Vermont 2014 1 Virginia 2014 0.92 Energy savings and conservation tips are mailed with preprinted applications to 170,000 households at start of the heating season Washington 2014 3.75 Needs assessments related to energy budget management, payment plans, and related services; assistance with energy vendors to encourage responsible vendor and consumer behavior and related client counseling. West Virginia 2014 0 Wisconsin 2014 0 Wyoming 2014 5