As temperatures begin to drop, Hoosiers can expect utilities – especially heating costs –  to rise. Increased heating and electric bills can put Hoosiers in a tough spot financially, but thankfully help is available through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The federally funded program is available to low-income families across Indiana to help offset heating costs during the winter months, and applications for the program are accepted through May 16, 2022, and can be found here. Temporary financial help with costs related to water utilities is also available, and applications for both programs can be made simultaneously. Those without internet access can call 211 and ask to be connected with a local energy assistance program provider. More details can be found here.

Indiana households making 60% or less than the state median income are eligible for financial assistance through LIHEAP. The funds are distributed by local service providers in regions across the state. A county-by-county list of the nearest service providers can be found here.

Many utility companies offer programs to help offset heating costs as well, such as Duke Energy’s Helping Hand or the Warm Heart, Warm Home Foundation through Citizens Energy Group. Resources such as these can be found here.

Hoosiers can also follow some cost-saving tips, like sealing windows or letting in natural light, that can help save energy during the winter months.

To learn more about help with utility costs during the winter heating season, click here.