HEAP and EAP Programs

HEAP and EAP Programs

If you or someone you know is having trouble managing energy bills, assistance is available to qualified customers through HEAP and EAP

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 grant per heating season.
  • Emergency HEAP grants.
  • The number of grants vary per heating season depending on the availability of funds.

Availability of funds

Regular and Emergency HEAP are now open.

How to apply


Energy Assistance Program (EAP)

Our Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps eligible customers gain control of their energy bills.

EAP Monthly Bill Credit Benefit

Eligibility and enrollment:

  • If your HEAP grant has been applied to your active NYSEG account, an EAP monthly bill credit is automatically applied to your NYSEG bill. It will display as a line item under your electricity and/or natural gas delivery charges on your NYSEG bill. Refer to the yellow highlighted information in the bill illustrated below.

We've expanded our eligibility requirements and you may qualify for EAP!

  • If you receive any of the following assistance, please submit proof of participation for enrollment in EAP:
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Medicaid
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance
    • Veterans Pension and Survivor Benefits
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF)
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
    • Tribal Lands Head Start
    • Lifeline Telephone Service Program
    • HEAP grant applied to a fuel vendor other than NYSEG

To apply for EAP, please download our Energy Assistance Program Application. You can submit your completed EAP Application and proof of participation documentation by:

Benefits:

  • In addition to receiving the monthly bill credit, you'll be referred to EmPower+ for free energy services which may include:
    • Installation of high-efficiency lighting
    • Replacement of old, inefficient appliances
    • Sidewall insulation
    • Energy saving tips
  • To remain eligible for the EAP Monthly Bill Credit Benefit:
    • You must apply for and receive a HEAP grant each year. EAP monthly bill credits will continue automatically as long as a HEAP grant has been applied every 12 months to your active NYSEG account. 
    • You submit documentation annually to qualify. This may include your HEAP grant award letter with another fuel vendor or proof of participation in the assistance programs mentioned above. 

Quick links to energy assistance


2023-2024 Income Eligibility Guidelines for Tier I and II HEAP Benefits

Household Size Tier I Monthly Income Tier II Monthly Income Annual Income
1 $0 - $1,579 $1,580 - $3,035 $36,430
2 $0 - $2,136 $2,137 - $3,970 $47,640
3 $0 - $2,693 $2,694 - $4,904 $58,849
4 $0 - $3,250 $3,251 - $5,838 $70,059
5 $0 - $3,806 $3,807 - $6,772 $81,268
6 $0 -$4,363 $4,364 - $7,706 $92,477
7 $0 - $4,920 $4,921 - $7,881 $94,579
8 $0 - $5,477 $5,478 - $8,056 $96,681
9 $0 - $6,034 $6,035 - $8,231 $98,783
10 $0 - $6,591 $6,592 - $8,407 $100,884
11 $0 - $7,147 $7,148 - $8,582 $102,986
12 $0 - $7,704 $7,705 - $8,890 $106,680
13 $0 - $8,261 $8,262 - $9,532 $114,390
Each additional person +$556  +$642 +$7,710
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