The ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt here in and around the Greater Portland area.
Times have been tough for a lot of people. Many are still trying to recover from unemployment, underemployment, and a stunted tourist season last year. The financial struggles have made it hard for some to pay their bills.
If you are finding yourself struggling to pay your fuel bills with us, get in touch with us right away so we can work together on a solution. We want to make sure you stay warm and comfortable all winter long. Don’t let fear or pride make things worse. The sooner contact us, the sooner you can get back on track.
There are other resources that can additionally help you with your home heating costs:
LIHEAP aids those in need by reducing home energy costs, paying energy bills, energy crisis assistance, weatherization, and energy-related home repairs. Each state has its own LIHEAP.
In Maine, eligibility for assistance from LIHEAP depends on the household income and the number of people in the household.
If your total household income meets the income requirements, which is 150% of the Federal Poverty Level or 60% of the State Poverty Level, you may be eligible for aid from LIHEAP.
You may still apply for assistance if your heat is part of your rent.
Assistance may also be available if you have less than a three-day supply of heating fuel, or if you are in danger of having your utility services disconnected and have no way to pay the bill.
Those who pay court-ordered child support may be able to deduct the amount of the payments from the household income when it comes to LIHEAP eligibility. If your household income is above the eligibility guidelines but you have medical costs, you may be able to deduct a portion of the amount you have paid from your household income.
Contact us for more information about our pricing and payment options, as well as more information on LIHEAP today.