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Energy-efficiency tips, money for home heating bills available

Posted 1/31/18

Although colder months of the year are a sign of winter fun for some, they can pose challenges for individuals and families to heat their homes.

For those seeking to improve the energy efficiency …

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Energy-efficiency tips, money for home heating bills available

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Although colder months of the year are a sign of winter fun for some, they can pose challenges for individuals and families to heat their homes.

For those seeking to improve the energy efficiency of a home, information and tips are available at www.energystar.gov, so residents can improve both its heating and cooling capabilities.

For residents facing financial obstacles to pay their monthly heating bills, or are dealing with broken equipment they cannot afford to fix or replace, the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is accepting applications for home heating assistance grants.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants.

It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing their heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income.

For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,090; for a couple, the limit is $24,360; and for a family of four, the limit is $36,900.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP by contacting the Dauphin County Assistance Office at 717-265-8919, or call the district office of state Rep. Tom Mehaffie at 717-534-1323 to have the application mailed to you.