Utility Bill Assistance

 

There are a number of places you can turn to if you need assistance in paying your energy or electric bill. High-energy costs have forced many families to have to make the choice between paying their utility bills, their mortgage or rent, or even paying for groceries.

The government, charities, and even utility company themselves may offer financial assistance. Everything from grants to payment plans, postponement of power, and more is offered. Find details below.

Utility bill assistance by state

Most utility companies offer some form of financial assistance, grants, or weatherization type program. Also a number of government programs, both state and federal, can assist people with paying their utility bills. Find information and ways to obtain utility bill assistance in your state. Get information on everything from LIHEAP to grants and other financial resources, including phone numbers and applications.

Save on energy, heating and electric bills by conservation

In addition, we will also show you some ways to, and provide you assistance, in reducing the amount of your utility bills. For example, you can easily reduce your utility bill by up to 40%. There are many simple, free steps you can take to help you save on your energy costs. There are also programs from most energy companies that can help you conserve. The more tips you implement, the less need for utility bill help that you will need. See the energy saving tips below.

1) Find out how to save on heating and cooling costs
Cooling and heating typically are the largest part of household utility use and therefore provide a large opportunity to save money. As much as one half of the energy used in your home goes towards heating and cooling it. Continued.

2) Install a programmable thermostat to help save
They cost under $70 and programmable thermostats will automatically adjust your home's temperature settings. You can save on heating costs by as much as 20 percent. Continued.

 

 

 

 

3) Lights
Replace incandescent bulbs with CFL light bulbs, which will use last at least 8 times longer and will use about 75 percent less electricity. Lighting does account for about 15% of your home's electric use and provide a good opportunity to reduce utility bills.

4) Use energy efficient appliances
Using energy efficient appliances will help you conserve. It will reduce your need for utility bill assistance.  You will reduce utility bills by up to $400 a year at minimum. More on how energy efficient appliances save money.

5) Save on water bills
WaterSense, which is a program that sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, makes it easy for Americans to save water. This assistance program is similar to the Energy Star program. More.

6) Other
Find additional ways to utility bill assistance. There are many other resources for saving money, and learn about other ways to lower utility bills.

Read news on outrageous utility bill prices. More.