As the days become shorter and evenings grow colder, increased energy use is almost certain. At the same time, the current health pandemic continues to keep more working adults at home and school-aged children learning virtually, further contributing to potentially higher energy bills. The good news is there is tens of millions of dollars in state and federal energy assistance funding available to help you pay your energy bill. Here’s what you need to know.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides up to $1,000 in grant support for your energy bills. However, you must act now to secure funding as LIHEAP is a first come, first served program and is only available until the money runs out.
If you live in Maryland, you can apply for assistance through the Maryland Department of Human Services website or by calling the Office of Home Energy Programs at 800-332-6347. If you live in Delaware, you can apply for assistance by visiting the Delaware Department of Health and Services website or by calling 302-654-9295 in New Castle County, 302-674-1782 in Kent County, or 302-856-6310 in Sussex County.
In Delaware, you may also receive financial assistance through the Energy Crisis Intervention Program if your service is going to be disconnected or you are out of fuel. You can apply by contacting your county’s Catholic Charities by calling 302-674-1782 in Kent County, 302-654-9295 in New Castle County and 302-856-6310 in Sussex County.
In Maryland, you may also receive financial assistance through The Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) which is designed to help you pay a portion of your current electric bill if you are an eligible customer with limited income. You can receive more information on EUSP by visiting the Office of Home Energy Programs website. The Utility Service Protection Program (USPP) is also available and can provide assistance during the winter season if you are a qualifying family with limited income. Application information can be found by visiting the Office of Home Energy Programs website.
We understand our customers and communities have been significantly affected by the pandemic. If you have fallen behind on your energy bills, we will continue to work with you. If you find yourself in this position, please contact us to establish payment arrangements and secure energy assistance.
You can establish payment arrangements and learn more about energy assistance at delmarva.com/help or by calling 800-375-7117