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Energy Assistance: How to Become More Efficient
Oct 13, 2014
At HACAP our Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) started October 1st which marked the beginning of the New Year for the program. October 1st allows for elderly and disabled applicants to apply and November 1st opens applications up to all. LIHEAP is designed to help low-income families meet the cost of home heating. In order to qualify for LIHEAP income guidelines must be met; examples of income guidelines are below:
A household of 1 the annual total gross income needs to be lower than $17,505 and monthly $1,459.
A household of 3 the annual total gross income needs to be lower than $29,685 and monthly $2,474.
A household of 4 the annual total gross income needs to be lower than $35,775 and monthly $2,981.
Last year the program served 7,429 households throughout Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington counties in Iowa and the average household benefit was $429.00. In this week’s blog I will talk about some simple and inexpensive tips that could help lower your energy bills and make your home more efficient.
How to Save Some Money!
- A couple tubes of caulk and rolls of weatherstripping can help reduce heating bills if used on the doors and windows. According to Alliant Energy, it can save you up to 20 percent on heating bills!
- Lower the temperature whenever possible when doing laundry and make sure the right amount of clothing is being put into the machine.
- Check your furnace filter! Your furnace or central air conditioners run harder when they haven’t been cleaned or replaced. This will help with lowering costs and making your machines last longer over time.
- Vacuum registers and vents regularly and don’t let furniture and curtains block air flow.
- If possible switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. They can last up to ten times longer than regular bulbs and used 75 percent less energy!
For more information on LIHEAP you can visit the Energy Conservation page on our website and click on the helpful information tab. To contact one of our Energy Counselors please call 319.739.0100.
Written By: Nicole Wise