finally takes hold, thermostats are set higher and home heaters are back to
spinning the electric and gas meter wheels faster and faster. For low-income
people, winter energy costs can take up a large part of their income. For those
that are elderly, their frugal nature may keep them from touching that
thermostat and it may result in a life-threatening sickness. In homes with
infants, the sick, or the disabled, winter energy payments may take the place
of food, medicine or healthcare.
little-known program exists to help low-income people in tough energy
situations receive assistance in paying utility bills. It’s the federal Low
Income Home Energy Assistance Program, mostly referred to as HEAP.
If you find
yourself in a pinch to pay for utility bills (or know someone who is) please
connect with the nonprofit Central Coast Energy Services to find out if you
qualify for this energy assistance program.
Applicants can call 1-888-728-3637 to be sent an application.