Utility Bill Assistance



Free heating oil from Citizens Energy

Citizens Energy, a major gas and utility company, created an assistance program in 1979 that will provide free and/or discounted heating fuel and oil to residents of 17 cold weather states. The company works closely with CITGO energy, thousands of heating oil and fuel dealers, and numerous local fuel aid agencies in order to provide residents of these states either free or discounted delivery of home heating oil. The program is called the Oil Heat Program. It historically has provided delivery of 100 gallons of home heating oil to those who need it most and are struggling with paying high heating and utility bills.

How do you become eligible?

There are some condition to be eligible for the Oil Heat Program. They include you need to have a financial hardship and you need help paying your heating bills. One of the positives of the program is that there are no strict income limits and no citizenship requirements to be qualified. In addition, you do not need proof of immigration status. Here is the full list of requirements to be eligible:

  • You are facing a financial hardship or emergency.
  • You are not eligible for government Fuel Assistance (LIHEAP), or if you have used up your LIHEAP benefits program assistance.
  • You need to heat your residence with oil, kerosene, or natural gas.

The program will also help many families who are eligible for government help under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program is yet another option for many families who are struggling with paying high heating and utility bills. It provides those families with some comfort and a bit of relief when temperatures hit that freezing mark.





The states that are included in this program are Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Alaska, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, and Washington DC.

Also, find additional assistance programs for your state to help with all types of bills and expenses. Just select the “Help With Mortgage and Other Bills” link on the left, then select the “State Assistance Programs” link from that site.


By: Jon McNamara



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