Major Resources for Energy Consumers

Energy expenses are a part of everyone’s monthly budget. Unless you’re on a flat-rate plan, electricity and natural gas bills fluctuate each month depending on how much energy you use. That means some months are going to be more expensive than others, and in some regions of the country the winter is when costs spike. In the northeast and midwest, it’s also about the time people start factoring in the added costs of celebrating the holiday season. 

Legislators understand that energy is essential for day-to-day life. Having power can even be a matter of safety during the winter when temperatures dip below freezing. To ensure that people are able to keep their homes safe and comfortable, there are programs expressly created to provide assistance with energy expenses, energy efficiency improvements and winter weatherization. Programs are available at the federal, state and local levels. 

Getting Federal Assistance to Cover Energy Costs

The federal government has several departments dedicated to energy concerns. One of the top concerns is making sure people who need assistance with electricity and gas costs have it readily available. A few federal programs that are available to all Americans in every state include:

  • Federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

One of the first places to turn for assistance is the LIHEAP program. LIHEAP programs are administered at the state level, and each state has additional programs you can check into for extra assistance. 

Finding Local Resources for Energy Consumers

There are a number of resources that are available regionally, you just have to know how to find them. In most cities there are four ways to find energy assistance at the state and local level:

  • One of the best resources for locating programs is your local Community Action Agency (CAA). 
  • The local utility that supplies electricity and/or gas will often have programs to reduce energy costs.
  • City governments may have their own programs that provide financial assistance or resources for making energy efficiency improvements. 
  • helps people across the country find assistance for energy expenses based on state and local area. 

Below is a state-by-state list with some of the top resources for energy consumers in Major Energy markets. It can help get you started and point you towards resources that make energy costs more manageable. 



  • Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP)
  • Illinois Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
  • Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP)
  • Help Illinois Families initiative
  • Supplemental Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund (SLEAF)
  • Furnace Assistance Program




New Jersey

New York

  • New York Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • Emergency HEAP benefits
  • Energy Assistance Program (EAP) Basic Benefit
  • EAP Limited Benefit
  • HEAP Cooling Assistance benefits
  • Utility Assistance Program (UAP)
  • Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement (HERR) benefit
  • Clean and Tune Benefit for heating equipment
  • Matching Incentive Payment Program
  • EmPower New YorkSM
  • Power Partner Program
  • Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program
  • Last Stop Heating Assistance Program
  • County Fuel Funds
  • County energy efficiency improvement programs
  • HeartShare programs



Washington, D.C.

  • Washington, D.C. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Utility Discount Programs (UDP)
  • Weatherization Assistance Program

At Major Energy we’re always here to help you better manage your energy expenses from tips on how to save electricity to offering fixed rate energy plans that make costs more predictable. Our amazing customer service team is also just a call away if you have questions about your energy plan or how to find the plan that will work best for your budget.

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