NEW YORK (WKBW) – Governor Kathy Hochul is warning New Yorkers about rising energy costs and announced the launch of an enhanced statewide campaign to provide assistance.
According to the governor’s office, the state has sent letters to all major electric and gas utilities in New York asking them to increase outreach and education efforts on rising supply prices. energy due to the rising cost of natural gas and the impact it will have on utility bills.
The governor also launched an enhanced statewide campaign to connect low-income customers to the millions of dollars in assistance available.
The extreme increases in utility bills we are all seeing are having a serious impact on our household budgets, and in response, we are taking action. I have instructed the Public Service Department to ensure that all major electric and gas utilities in the state are working with customers, and in particular, our most vulnerable residents to protect them from volatility. awards and educate them about the resources available to them.
– Governor Hochul
- The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which can provide up to $751 to eligible homeowners and renters based on income, household size and how they heat their home. A family of four can have a maximum gross monthly income of $5,249 or an annual gross income of $62,983 and still qualify for benefits. So far, 1.5 million regular HEAP benefits have been received by eligible households, totaling $216 million.
- New York State is also providing $250 million in additional federal funding to help low-income households pay heating arrears of up to $10,000 per household. So far, nearly 115,000 regular arrears supplement benefits have been paid and $183 million in arrears have been repaid to eligible households.
- $90 million in federal funding through Emergency HEAP has been made available to help low- and middle-income New Yorkers avoid having their home’s heat unplugged or running out of fuel. source of heating due to rising fuel prices. Currently, $58 million in funding remains available to help low- and middle-income New Yorkers avoid having their home’s heat disconnected or exhausting their heating source amid price increases. fuel this winter.
- An increase in the PSC’s 2021 statewide Energy Accessibility Policy program budget from $237.6 million to $366.7 million and expanded eligibility, which will allow approximately 95 000 additional low-income customers to receive benefits. Since September 2021, approximately $183 million in bill rebates have been provided by utilities to eligible customers.
- Bill payment options: Residential consumers can ask their utility provider about billing options that allow for deferred payments or “budget billing” to even out utility bills that are higher a season and more bass another. This can help structure payments to help manage costs.
- For low-income households facing no-heat situations, the OTDA also accepts requests to repair or replace heating equipment. Eligible homeowners can now claim up to $3,000 for the repair or $6,500 for the replacement of a furnace, boiler or other direct heating equipment needed to keep the primary heat source running. household heating. Additionally, eligible households can receive energy efficiency services, which include cleaning of main heating equipment to enable safe and efficient operation. Interested households can apply through their local HEAP contact.
You can also find more information about energy efficiency programs you can enroll in here and here.