Monday, March 8, 2010

Energy Assistance Program

With many Nevadans struggling this year, we need all the help we can get. There is a government run program to help with high energy bills this summer.

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) assists low-income Nevadans with the cost of home energy. Funding is provided from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and from Universal Energy Charge (UEC) monies distributed through the Nevada Fund for Energy Assistance and Conservation.

The EAP program year begins July 1st and applications are accepted through June 30th, or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Prior year recipients may not reapply until approximately 11 months after they received their last benefit. Application packets are mailed to prior year recipients when its time for them to apply. Eligible households will be awarded assistance once each program year. The benefit is based on the household's gross income and annual energy use.

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