Summer is drawing to a close (or, if you go by Miss Manners, officially over), and that means winter is just around the bend. And with winter, of course, come heating bills.
Now, no one exactly likes to pay heating bills, but it's much harder for some people than others. According to Inside Energy, a news site devoted to energy issues, a manageable energy bill is no more than 6 percent of your household income—but many low-income families are actually paying 20 percent of their income or more. This forces them to make the difficult decision to "heat or eat": pay for heating or cover other basic needs, like groceries.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, exists to help these low-income Americans pay their heating and cooling bills. In my latest Money Crashers article, I explain how the program works, who uses it, and how eligibility is calculated. I also discuss how to apply for LIHEAP if you ever need it.
Get the details here: How to Get Help With Heating Costs Through LIHEAP – Eligibility & Benefits