HEAT’s fund distribution begins in November for senior citizens (age 65 and older) and the medically homebound, and opens to the general public during December. If you have a disconnection notice or need your home heating service restored, view the link below to see if you are eligible to apply for funds.
How To Get Help
Step 1: Am I Eligible?
You must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply:
1. Your total gross yearly household income is at or below 60 percent of Georgia’s median income level.
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2. Your household has a member who is responsible for paying the heating bills.
3. You are a U.S. citizen, qualified alien, or permanent resident.
4. You have received a disconnection notice or need to restore service.
Verification is required. Energy assistance is approved within 48 hours after an eligible household applies and within 18 hours for a household with an individual in a life-threatening situation. If a life-threatening situation exists, the applicant must present at the time of application a medical statement or verification of the medical condition by an approved medical professional.
Step 2: Look Up Your Community Action Agency
Additional Forms of Help
Tips to Lower Energy Bills
Heating and Cooling
- Unless prevented by a health situation, keep your heating thermostat comfortably low (65° F to 68° F) when you are at home during the day. Turn down your thermostat (55° F to 58° F) when you leave the house for more than a few hours and when you go to bed at night.
- In the summer, set your thermostat at 78° F or higher.
- Check air filters regularly and replace or clean them when dirty. Replacing a dirty air filter can save money by reducing the amount of time your furnace or air conditioner stays on.
- Make sure furniture is not blocking heating and cooling vents.
- Close doors and vents in rooms that you are not using.
- If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.
- Remove window air conditioning units in the winter. If you are unable, cover the unit with plastic to stop drafts.
- Use kitchen and bathroom fans only as long as necessary. In addition to moisture and odors, they draw out heated or cooled air.
- Run fans in reverse. Fans not only help cool your home, but can make your home warmer by switching the fan to run clockwise at a low speed. Doing this will draw air to the ceiling and circulate warm air back into the living space, cutting your heating costs as much as 10 percent.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room for long periods.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. They last longer than ordinary incandescent bulbs, and they use much less energy.
- Turn the water heater thermostat to no more than 120° F. Approximately 13 percent of energy costs go to water heating.
- If possible, take a short shower instead of a tub bath. You will use less water.
- Repair a dripping faucet. In just one day, you could waste enough hot water to fill a bathtub.
- Drain your home water heater of sediments as needed for optimal efficiency and longevity.
- Seal air leaks around windows, doors and electrical outlets with caulking and weather stripping.
- Make low-cost but effective “storm windows” by placing plastic over windows.
- Close fireplace damper when not in use. Warm air can escape through your chimney when the damper is left open. Unless a fire is burning, always remember to keep it closed.
- On sunny winter days, open the curtains to let the warmth of the sunshine in.
- At night, pull the curtains to stop heat being lost through the windows.
- In the summer, close the curtains on sun-exposed windows.
- Make sure curtains do not t block heating and cooling vents or that they are not too close to space heaters.
- Thicker curtains with thermal lining make a noticeable difference in losing heat through windows, which can cut heating costs by up to 25 percent.
- Make sure to use curtains that hang closer to the window and reach the floor to reduce heat lose. Using pelmets – or window cornices – above the curtain rail can further insulate your windows.
Washing Machine and Clothes Dryer
- Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine or clothes dryer.
- Use a lower temperature to wash clothes. Modern washing powders work just as well at low temperatures.
- Clean the lint filter on your dryer after each use.
Refrigerator and Freezer
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer as full as possible, even if you simply put in empty packages or containers. A full refrigerator or freezer uses less energy.
- Defrost the freezer regularly to keep it running efficiently.
- Where possible, position your refrigerator and freezer away from your range.
- Wait until you have a full load before using the dishwasher.
- Use the low-temperature setting unless your dishes are very dirty.
- Use the “energy-saver” switch on your dishwasher. This usually shuts off the drying element, which greatly reduces the amount of energy used.
- Use the right size pan for the food and the burner.
- Keep saucepan lids on when cooking.
- Avoid using use more water than you need.
- Preheat the oven only if the recipe calls for it.
- Use smaller kitchen appliances. Microwaves, toaster ovens and slow cookers can use much less energy than a large electric oven.
For more energy-saving information, check with your local energy supplier.
Home Energy Bill
Payment arrangements often can be made with your energy provider in order to make a high bill more manageable. Contact your energy company for more information regarding individual payment plans. The telephone number is listed on your bill. For your convenience, a partial list of energy companies follows:
Constellation – 877.677.4355
Fuel Georgia – 678.774.6010 (inside Atlanta) or 833.903.3835 (outside Atlanta)
Gas South – 877.472.4932
Georgia Natural Gas – 770.850.6200 (inside metro Atlanta) or 1.877.850.6200 (outside Atlanta)
Georgia Power Company – 1.888.660.5890
SCANA Energy – 1.877.467.2262
SCANA Energy – Regulated Division – 1.866.245.7742
Stream Energy – 1.866.447.8732
Town Square Energy – 888.998.1928
True Natural Gas (A Coweta-Fayette EMC Company) – 770.502.0226 (inside Atlanta) or 1.877.746.4362 (outside Atlanta)
Walton Gas – 770.267.2505 (inside metro Atlanta) or 1.866.936.2427 (outside Atlanta)
XOOM Energy – 855.203.3808
Statewide Energy Assistance and Weatherization
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Georgia Division of Family and Children Services – 404.657.3427 or 404.656.2323
Salvation Army – Project SHARE – 1.800.257.4273
Metro Atlanta Assistance and Referral Programs
United Way, 211 Referral Program – dial 211 or 404.614.1000
St. Vincent DePaul Society – Georgia – 678.892.6163
Midtown Assistance Center – Request Help – 404.681.5777
Buckhead Christian Ministry – Emergency Assistance – 404.239.0038
Help for Senior Citizens
Atlanta Gas Light – Senior Citizens Discount Program – 800.427.5463
low-income seniors must be on Atlanta Gas Light’s pipeline system
Georgia Power – Senior Citizens Discount – 1.888.660.5890
HopeWorks – 404.872.0167
Atlanta Regional Commission – Aging Services – 404.463.3100
Senior Connections – Programs – 770.455.7602
Unemployment Benefits – Georgia Department of Labor: find phone numbers here
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