Energy Assistance Programs
HEAT (the Home Energy Assistance Target Program)
HEAT is a federally funded program that provides winter home heating assistance and year-round crisis intervention for eligible low-income households throughout Utah. The HEAT program opens every November 1st for the heating season. Customers may receive an application for HEAT assistance here .
State Weatherization Program
The State Weatherization Program is funded by federal funds through HEAT and the Department of Energy as well as utility ratepayer funds to help weatherize homes and to provide emergency repair or replacement of furnaces and air conditioning units. For more information click here .
Rocky Mountain Power and Dominion Energy Utah have ratepayer-funded low-income assistance programs. Customers contribute to these programs as part of the standard rates they pay. Not only do they benefit low-income customers in times of need, but studies have also shown that paying for these programs in rates have offsetting rate benefits. Typically, utilities will see lower costs associated with collection, arrearages, and reconnections.
- The Home Electric Lifeline Program (HELP) provides HEAT-eligible customers of Rocky Mountain Power with a monthly discount off their electric bill.
- The Energy Assistance Fund provides HEAT-qualified customers of Dominion Energy Utah with a one-time credit per heating season (the actual amount of the credit varies each year.)
If you are in crisis and find yourself facing imminent shut-off of utility services, take the following steps:
- Contact 211 to find an agency in the county where you live to see if you are eligible for any crisis funding.
- Contact your utility provider immediately to see if you can make payment arrangements.
Qualified low income customers of regulated utilities are protected against winter shut-off in certain circumstance. Click here for more information .