How to Lower Your Heating Bill
Posted on Monday, December 18th, 2017 at 7:00 am
Winter weather makes people want to bundle up before going outside – and to keep their homes nice and warm. In many parts of the United States, it gets dangerously cold, and there is no choice other than to spend money on heat. This causes people’s heating bills to rise. If you are struggling, here are some potential resources that could lower your heating bill.
Seek Help from Your State
Benefits.Gov has a page dedicated to energy assistance programs. Every state is listed in alphabetical order. Each state has its own energy assistance program, and there is a button you can click to find out more details about them.
The majority of the programs on that website are to help low-income people cope with the high cost of home energy. Their titles might say “low-income”, or “weatherization”, or “heating assistance”. Your family might, potentially, qualify for help with your heating bill.
Try a Federal Program
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. LIHEAP provides federally funded assistance in managing costs associated with home energy bills, energy crises, and weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs.
Benefits.Gov has details about the general program requirements for LIHEAP. There is a chart with two columns: Household size, and Maximum Income Level (Per Year). In order to qualify for LIHEAP, you, or your family, must have an annual household income below those amounts.
Wrap Up in Layers
There are some simple and inexpensive tricks you can try that may help you keep warm at home. Some of these methods have been used for decades! Put flannel sheets on your beds. Add an extra comforter, or get an electric blanket. Wear warm socks to bed. Wear a winter hat while you sleep. The hat will help prevent you from losing heat.
During the day, wear a sweater or hoodie to stay warm. Doing so might make you comfortable enough to be able to avoid turning up the heat. The sweater you already have is free – and can help you save money on your heating bill.