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It's time to turn up the heat: Lower your energy cost with HEAP

It's time to turn up the heat: Lower your energy cost with HEAP
Posted at 3:03 PM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 15:08:12-05

It's about that time to turn up the heat.

You can submit applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) starting Monday, November 13th.

The HEAP Program is designed to lower your home's energy cost. Eligible households whose primary heat is electricity or natural gas can receive a $350 regular benefit. Households using a different heating source or that have heating costs included as part of their rent may receive a larger or smaller amount. 

Officials urge HEAP applicants to apply for benefits online to avoid long lines at the downtown office. 

You may be eligible for a benefit if:

  • You are the homeowner
  • Your household’s gross monthly income is at or below the current income guidelines for your household size as posted on the following table
  • Your primary heating equipment is more than 12 months old
  • Your primary heating equipment or chimney has not been cleaned within the last 12 months
  • You do not have a service contract with your vendor that includes clean and tune services

These are the monthly income guidelines from the NYS HEAP website:

The HEAP program is scheduled to run through March 15th, 2018, but those interested are encouraged to apply sooner than later.