IS MONEY SAVED
Joan K. Christensen
In these tough economic times, I understand the burden high home heating costs can place on
a household trying to make ends meet. That’s why I’ve been working in the Assembly to expand
energy assistance and weatherization programs to help New Yorkers stay warm this winter.
If you or someone you know is having a hard time keeping up with energy bills, there are many
programs available that can help. Weatherization and energy efficiency measures are the simplest,
fastest and most effective way to cut costs, lower energy consumption and reduce the release of
harmful greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
You can learn more at www.HeatSmartNY.org or by calling 1-877-NYSMART. If I can be of any
assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Joan K. Christensen
Member of Assembly
4317 East Genesee Street, Suite 103
Syracuse, NY 13214
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
This program assists lower-income individuals and families with heating costs in the winter.
HEAP currently provides grants for heating bills of up to $900 depending on a household’s
income; family size; living arrangement; heating expenses; type of heat; and presence of
children under 6, adults 60 or over, and disabled individuals. Both renters and homeowners
are eligible for assistance.
About 800,000 families in New York receive assistance from the HEAP program each year.
Applications for HEAP assistance can be downloaded from
Applications and eligibility information can also be obtained by calling the HEAP hotline at
1-800-342-3009, county departments of social services or county offices for the aging.
Weatherization Assistance Program
New York State has the largest low-income residential energy conservation program in
the nation. The Weatherization Assistance Program reduces the amount of energy required
to heat homes and provide hot water, thereby helping save energy costs and increase comfort.
This program provides an energy audit and services to weatherize the home. Services include
weather-stripping, repair or replacement of heating systems, replacement or repair of windows
and/or doors, addition of insulation and minor repairs.
Eligibility is based on household income relative to federal low-income guidelines. Renters and
homeowners are eligible.
For more information, contact your local weatherization provider at:
(866) 275-3427 or (518) 474-5700
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
New York State, through the New York State Energy Research and Development
Authority (NYSERDA), is a national leader in developing energy efficiency and
conservation programs. NYSERDA has numerous programs that can help
consumers reduce home heating costs. These programs include:
Weatherization Initiative Network (WNI)
New York Energy $mart Loan Fund
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
For information on these programs and more,
call (866) NYSERDA or visit www.getenergysmart.org
You or someone you know may need financial help to get through this heating
season. New York State’s utilities and energy service companies offer bill payment
options to help customers manage their bills. There are also utility-sponsored financial
assistance programs and energy efficiency programs to help consumers with their heating
costs. For more information, contact your utility directly:
Gas and Electric
List of local services:
Department of Social Services
Office for the Aging
Regional Food Bank