Utility Bill Assistance



Delaware help and assistance with electric, heating and utility bills.

The Delaware Energy Assistance Program (DEAP) is a federally funded assistance program that will help lower-income families. It assists them in meeting their costs of home energy bills. The Delaware Division of State Service Centers (DSSC) manages this program on a contractual basis with Catholic Charities, Inc.

  • Fuel Assistance: This will help with home energy and heating bills from the period of October 1 - March 31. The assistance provided includes grants to income eligible households to help those households pay for home heating bills. The money can also be used for kerosene, electricity, propane, natural gas, coal, or wood. Grants can be made to both renters and homeowners.
  • Crisis Assistance: This component of the program helps those households that are in a crisis during the winter months. Help may be provided in the form of a supplemental grant to their fuel assistance benefit. To be eligible, in addition to being income eligible, those households must show that they are experiencing a crisis, such as being out of fuel, a shutoff notice, or no money to pay for fuel.
  • Summer Cooling Assistance Program (SCAP): This assistance program will operate during the summer months of June-August and it will help pay for electricity to cool homes with air conditioning during the long, hot, humid summer months. In addition to being able to receive an assistance grant to help offset the high costs of electricity to air condition a home, some homeowners may be eligible to receive a room sized air conditioning unit to help.

Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program

The Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) will install energy efficiency improvements in the homes of eligible, lower income households and persons to help those households lower their home heating and energy burden. It will help them save on bills and also lower their energy costs, as well as improve their health and safety in the home.

Chesapeake Utilities offers its customers a few different programs for paying utility bills. One is known as the Sharing Program. This is a program that may be able to assist disabled, elderly, unemployed, the working poor, or people who live on fixed income (e.g.. government programs or retirees) with paying for their utility and overall energy bills. Find additional assistance from Chesapeake Utility.

Delmarva Power provides low income customers facing a crisis with assistance from the Good Neighbor Energy Fund. The money for the program comes from donations from the public and local businesses, and those funds are then paid out to qualified families with an emergency. Learn more.


By: Jon McNamara



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