HEAP and EAP Can Help
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federal grant program that assists income eligible households in paying for energy costs, repairs and weatherization. Income eligible customers may receive one regular HEAP benefit per season. In addition to regular HEAP, households may also be eligible for emergency HEAP benefits. The number of benefits varies per season depending on the availability of funds. The 2015-2016 HEAP season opens November 16, 2015 and closes when funds are exhausted. Emergency HEAP is scheduled to open on January 4, 2016 and closes March 15, 2016 or when funds are exhausted.
The Department of Social Services will accept applications on or after those dates. Please be aware that due to reduced funding HEAP grants may be smaller and more limited than in the past. For more information, visit otda.ny.gov/main/programs/heap. Customers can also log onto www.mybenefits.ny.gov to apply.
With HEAP comes EAP – NYSEG’s Energy Assistance Program!
NYSEG’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP) is designed to help eligible customers gain control of their energy bills. The program has two levels of assistance: EAP Basic Benefit (monthly bill credit) and EAP Limited Benefit (arrears forgiveness).
EAP Basic Benefit – Monthly Bill Credit
EAP monthly bill credits are available automatically to any customer who has a HEAP grant applied directly to an active NYSEG account. Once enrolled a credit will be listed as a line item on your regular NYSEG bill. If HEAP is supplied to another fuel vendor you must provide us with a copy of your HEAP award letter. Copies can be sent to us at the Energy Assistance Program, NYSEG, P.O. Box 5220, Binghamton, NY 13902-5220. Or fax it to: 1.800.325.9920.
It's important to apply for HEAP each year. EAP monthly bills credits will continue only as long as NYSEG or your other fuel vendor receives a HEAP grant every 12 months (and you provide us with proof of HEAP each heating season if the grant is supplied to another fuel vendor). A limited number of EAP participants will be able to apply for the EAP arrears forgiveness benefit.
Customers enrolled in EAP are also referred to NYSERDA to determine eligibility for more energy saving measures.
EAP Limited Benefit – Arrears Forgiveness
Space in the Arrears Forgiveness Benefit of EAP is limited. Qualified households will be enrolled as space permits.
Benefits of Arrears Forgiveness:
- Your past due account balance (arrears) is placed on hold at the time of enrollment
- Each time you pay your regular NYSEG bill in full and on time you will receive a credit(equal to 1/24th of the amount on hold) applied to the original balance.
- If you miss three consecutive payments you will be permanently removed from the Arrear Forgiveness component of EAP. You will not be able to participate in the future.
- Budget Billing is required to participate.