With the temperatures dropping, the cost of heating and electric bills tend to rise. This increased cost can be overwhelming for some families throughout the state. Low-income Hoosiers who need help paying their heating bills this winter can apply for benefits through the Energy Assistance Program.

This federally funded program is a one-time benefit that can help with the high cost of home energy, and offers support to those about to be disconnected. The benefit does not cover all heating and electric costs, so those planning to take advantage of this assistance should continue paying their bills regularly. Some Hoosiers may even qualify for an additional benefit if all utility bills are paid on time.

Applications for heating benefits are being accepted now through May. Click here for eligibility requirements and more information.

Many utility companies around Indiana also offer resources to assist low-income customers. Click here to learn more about these companies and other organizations assisting Hoosiers with their heating bills.

Those not sure who to contact about heating assistance or in need of other resources should call 2-1-1, a free and confidential service available 24/7 that helps Hoosiers find local resources.

Hoosiers can also try cost-saving energy tips like letting natural light in to help heat the house, covering drafty windows and keeping the fireplace damper closed when a fire is not burning.