If you are a Connecticut resident struggling with paying your heating bill, there is help available for you. Connecticut electric bill assistance programs provide aid from federal and charitable sources to lower your power bill or prevent a disconnection of service.
One major program to help you is the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). This program helps most Connecticut residents who meet the income guidelines, especially homeowners and renters who pay their own heating bill. Income limits for this program increase if anyone in your family is over 60 or is disabled.
The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program can pay for your primary source of heat, whether that is oil, propane, wood, coal, kerosene, natural gas, or even electricity.
If you make too much qualify for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, you may still qualify for assistance on your electric bills from the state with the Contingency Heating Assistance Program.
Information about both of these programs can be received by calling 211. If you have used up your CEAP benefits or aren’t eligible, you may be able to receive energy bill assistance from Operation Fuel. This program is operated through local fuel banks.
If you routinely struggle with your electric bills, see if you can get on a payment plan or have the amount past due forgiven. While they may not be able to cut off your electricity during the cold months, it’s still good to be paid up with the electric company.
You should also consider weatherization programs to lower the cost of heating your home long-term. Contact your local Community Action Agency or Department of Social Services office for more information on the help available in your area. Agents are prepared to answer questions about aid programs as well as help you fill out the applications for one or more Connecticut electric bill assistance programs if they determine that you meet qualification guidelines.
Long is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Industrial Relations. He subsequently received his Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. His Certificate in Financial Planning was issued by Florida State University.
Long has achieved the Accredited Credit Counselor and Accredited Financial Counselor certifications through the Association for Financial Counseling, Planning and Education. Long originally achieved the Certified Credit Counselor designation through the National Institute for Financial Education.
In addition to years of nonprofit leadership, Long has been an innovator in the field of volunteer tax return preparation programs. He assists volunteer associations and nonprofit organizations who seek to integrate credit counseling and asset-building programs with free personal income tax preparation. His approach to using free credit reports as both an incentive and a screening tool for placement into asset-building programs has been shared with members of the National Community Tax Coalition, the EITC-Carolinas Initiative of MDC, Inc. and nonprofit groups across the Carolinas.
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