Program helps eligible residents get heating equipment serviced

Published Jul 12, 2017 at 4:00pm

Funding is available to help homeowners have their heating equipment cleaned and inspected before colder temperatures arrive in the fall, reports the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Anyone who thinks they may be eligible can apply at their local department of social services.

Periodic tune-ups of furnaces or boilers can help improve energy efficiency, thereby reducing heating costs. The program is federally-funded through the Home Energy Assistance Program, commonly known as HEAP.

The program covers energy efficiency services costing up to $400, including the cleaning of primary heating equipment. Eligible services may also include chimney cleaning, minor repairs, installation of carbon monoxide detectors or programmable thermostats, if needed, to allow for the safe, proper and efficient operation of the heating equipment.

To qualify, applicants must meet the program’s income guidelines, which vary based on the number of people living in the household. For example, a family of four can earn up to $4,423 a month and still qualify. Additionally, the household must have heating equipment that is more than 12 months old, and the furnace, boiler or chimney must not have been cleaned within the past 12 months.

Applications will be accepted through Nov. 3 or until the $2 million in funding is exhausted, whichever comes first.

HEAP contacts

Oneida County

  • County Department of Social Services 300 W. Dominick St., Rome; 315-338-0240.
  • County Department of Social Services, 800 Park Ave., Utica; 315-798-5559.
  • Alternate certifier: Oneida County Office for the Aging, 120 Airline St., Suite 201, Whitestown; 315-798-5770.
  • Alternate certifier: Mohawk Valley Community Action, 9882 River Road, Marcy;
    315-624-9930.

Madison County

  • Department of Social Services, Madison County Complex, Building 1, 133 N. Court St., Wampsville; 315-366-2211.

Lewis County

  • Department of Social Services, 5274 Outer Stowe St., Lowville; 315-376-5400.
  • Alternate certifier: Lewis County Office for the Aging
    7660 N. State St., Lowville,
    315-376-5313.