ENERGY SAVED
IS MONEY SAVED
compliments of
Assemblywoman
Joan K. Christensen

Assemblywoman 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.

Sincerely,
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Joan K. Christensen
Member of Assembly

District Office:
4317 East Genesee Street, Suite 103
Syracuse, NY 13214
315-449-9536
christj@assembly.state.ny.us


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 www.otda.state.ny.us. 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: www.dhcr.state.ny.us; (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:

For information on these programs and more,
call (866) NYSERDA or visit www.getenergysmart.org

Utilities
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:

National Grid
Gas and Electric
800-642-4272


Services

Assemblywoman Joan K. Christensen

List of local services:

Department of Social Services
315-435-8300

Red Cross
315-234-2200

Office for the Aging
800-342-9871

Regional Food Bank
315-437-1899


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