With winter well underway in Upstate New York, National Grid is reminding customers that there is still time to take advantage of energy programs that can help them pay and manage their winter energy bill.
“For example, the Home Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance to make home heating costs more affordable for income-eligible customers as well as emergency funds for eligible households experiencing a heating or heat-related emergency,” the company said in a statement.
HEAP funding programs are limited and made available on a first-come, first-served basis. HEAP is not a loan, and customers are urged to apply as soon as possible, as program dates may be shortened or extended based on federal funding and demand.
HEAP programs include:
Regular HEAP: Scheduled to run through March 15, 2022. Qualification is based on household size and income. Apply online for Regular HEAP at: mybenefits.ny.gov or through your HEAP Local District Contact. Qualification is based on household size and income, and customers must have past-due utility payments. Customers 60 years of age can apply through their county’s Office for the Aging.
Emergency HEAP: Scheduled to run through March 15, 2022. Qualification is based on household size and income. To apply, customers must be disconnected, disconnect-eligible or have a utility shut-off notice. National Grid customers requiring electricity to operate heating systems can apply for a Domestic Electric Emergency HEAP grant. Customers must apply by telephone or in person through your HEAP Local District Contact. Customers 60 or older can apply through their county’s Office for the Aging.
To learn more about the program and eligibility, or to apply, call 1-866-305-1915 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Grid also offers other programs to assist with home energy needs.
National Grid’s Care and Share fuel fund is administered by HeartShare Human Services of New York. The program, which opens in February, provides an annual $200 grant to National Grid customers who meet HEAP guidelines and have exhausted their HEAP allocation for the year. For information on the program, call 1-855-852-2736 or visit the organization’s website at heartshare.org.
Bill management plans from National Grid may also assist customers during the winter heating season.Customers may enroll in the company’s Budget Billing Plan, which spreads monthly payments out more evenly throughout a year to mitigate months of high energy usage. Additional payment options are also available. Visit www.ngrid.com/discount to learn more.
National Grid Consumer Advocates work directly with income-eligible and vulnerable customers to meet their home energy needs. Call a Consumer Advocate at 1-800-642-4272 and ask for a consumer advocate, or email: ConsumerAdvocatesUNY@nationalgrid.com.