Ohio has several utility and heating bill assistance programs. A summary of the leading programs, resources, and services available to low income customers are below.
Call the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) for guidance and help with your utility questions or disputes. The OCC hotline provides consumers much information about residential utilities, including natural gas, electric, telephone and water. Call the OCC for any reasons including:
Ohio Utility and Energy Assistance Programs
Help Ohioans of all ages deal with today’s high costs of cooling and heating their homes.
American Electric Power - They have the Crisis Response Fund. This assistance program provides utility bill assistance and free weatherization aid for AEP customers who live in Scioto County Ohio. AEP has also donated $1 million to a utility bill assistance fund.
Another option offered by AEP is the Neighbor to Neighbor Program. This program provides millions in grants to help people pay their utility bills. Learn more.
Columbia Gas, Dominion East Ohio, Duke Energy - These companies all offer Heat Share or Energy Share, which is a heating and utility bill assistance program. The program was created to assist those in need with paying utility and heating bills during the winter season. Any type of heating bill that needs to be paid is eligible. Find additional information and Columbia Gas programs.
Columbia Gas offers Warm Choice program. Weatherization services are also available.
Consolidated Electric Cooperative - The People Fund will help Ohio families with bills if their needs aren't met through other assistance organizations or aid agencies.
Dayton Power & Light - Offers both the Warm Choice and Winter Reconnect Program as detailed above.
Dollar Energy Fund - This is a donation type program that can provide funds for paying utility and heating bills to customers that are out of options. It relies strictly on contributions from people and businesses in the state of Ohio. To donate money, or to apply for financial assistance, click here for details.
Dominion East Ohio has a Housewarming Program available. Offers weatherization assistance to qualified customers. Find more more Dominion East Ohio utility assistance programs.
Duke Energy - Provides energy saving devices and updates. Customers in need can receive a furnace, heat pump, energy saving CFL light bulbs, energy-saving advice, insulation, weather stripping, etc. In addition, they have Accountability & Credibility Together (ACT). This assists customers in need with utility bills. Find more utility assistance from Duke Energy.
The Illuminating Company - Has a the Community Outreach Opportunity Program (CO-OP)
Provides once-a-year cash grant to the disabled, unemployed, or lower income customers who might be in danger of losing their utility or heating service because of overdue or unpaid bills.
Ohio Edison, Toledo Edison - Project Reach and Neighbors Helping Neighbors available
A once-a-year cash grant payment to those who are unemployed, disabled, or struggling and who may have their service turned off.
Duke Energy, Columbia Gas - Heat Share
Heat Share is an assistance program that was created to assist with heating bills during the cold winter season. It is intended to help those who may otherwise have their service turned off if the bill is not paid.
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