What can you do to save money and energy? The simplest thing you can do to help control heating costs is to “dial down and layer up” -- that is turn your thermostat down and add additional layers of clothing to remain comfortable. Programmable thermostats are relatively inexpensive and offer the most efficient and comfortable means for changing your temperature settings at various times. Persons with health concerns should check with their doctor before dramatically changing the temperature in their homes. Closing off vents in unused rooms may also help lower usage. For additional energy saving tips, read the IUB Informational brochures, contact the Iowa Energy Center, or call your local utility.
Videos demonstrating various weatherization techniques are available for download and home viewing. To review the list of videos available, please visit the Weatherization Techniques web page.
Financial assistance may be available to qualified low-income residents through the LIHEAP and weatherization programs. Also, Iowa energy utilities offer voluntary customer contribution funds where those who are able may make a contribution with their utility bill payment to benefit those less able to cope with high winter heating bills.
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Energy Assistance Programs
- Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - This is a federally funded program administered by the State of Iowa and the various local Community Action Program (CAP) agencies. Qualified households may receive a one-time per year payment to assist with their household heating costs, regardless of heating fuel type. Application is made with the local CAP agency serving the community of residence of the applicant. Application periods generally run from October 1 through April 15. Once an applicant is qualified, the utility is notified and the applicant is eligible for protection from disconnection of energy utility service between November 1 and April 1. The LIHEAP payment is made directly to the utility or heating fuel vendor.
- Weatherization Assistance Program - The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a federal grant program established to help reduce the heating and cooling costs for low income persons, particularly the elderly, disabled, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes.
- Voluntary Customer Contribution Funds - Under Iowa law, energy utilities are required to operate a voluntary contribution fund where utility customers may add additional money to their monthly payment and have it deposited in a low income heating assistance fund. The money is then turned over to local social service agencies for distribution to needy low income persons needing assistance paying their energy bills. Each gas and electric utility operates an independent fund and they go under such names as Project Helper, ICARE, ISHARE, etc. In recent years contributions have averaged around $700,000. Even more will be needed this year to assist those struggling to pay high bills. These contributions are generally recognized as tax deductible. Ask your natural gas or electric utility for details.
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