Daylight hours will continue to shrink as we approach the winter solstice, and with it comes colder temperatures and higher heating costs. Add to that the financial stress of the holiday season on top of other responsibilities and bills. Don’t be out in the cold this winter – there are resources available to help with heating costs and home improvement costs to weatherize and keep more heat in.
Reducing the amount of heat loss and improving heating systems is one strategy to reduce heating costs. The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development manages a Weatherization Assistance program to increase energy efficiency of housing to reduce total energy costs. The program provides funds for eligible families to repair and improve home heating systems, and install energy-saving measures like insulation. This program does not offer assistance with paying utility bills.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact the local agency serving the city or county where you live. A list of providers is located in the Weatherization Providers Listing.
If you need help with paying utility bills, the Virginia Department of Social Services has four programs to assist with energy costs. The Fuel Assistance program helps to offset the cost of heating rather than pay the entire bill. There is a Crisis Assistance program to help when utilities have been shut off. An overview of the available programs is available online.
Do you know of other resources to help with heating costs? Please share in the comments!