Resources for financial assistance
The Low Income Energy Assistance program can help people who are renting or homeowners in Iowa. The government provides financial assistance to low-income individuals to help cover the costs of heating and cooling their homes. Grants are given to eligible residents who meet the qualifications for the program. There is a focus on helping the people who are the most vulnerable, such as the elderly or families with children.
Individuals can use money offered to them to help pay for their heating costs during the winter. Other programs will promote energy awareness, encourage people to pay their utility bills regularly, and also provide education and tips. The government offers weatherization and energy efficiency resources to encourage people to reduce their energy usage. This means that if you are a MidAmerican Energy customer and you apply for LIHEAP, you will also be automatically registered for weatherization assistance.
The Low Income Energy Assistance program will not cover the entire cost of your heating bill. This only helps with a part of your costs. The amount of money you get will depend on what kind of house you live in, what kind of fuel you use to heat it, how much money you make, and how many people are in your family. The application process for the following year usually starts in October.
The I CARE program was created by Mid-American Energy Company to help customers with their energy conservation and financial assistance needs. There are programs available to help those who are struggling financially. This can include help with housing, food, and other basic needs. The objective is to save people money on their winter heating or gas bills by making homes more energy efficient. To apply for this assistance, follow the same process as you would for LIHEAP. This is a phone number.
Iowa’s local community action agencies also manage the I CARE program. The program relies heavily on donations, and all money received is used exclusively for expenses related to the program, such as administrative costs or salaries. All donations made to I CARE will go to helping low-income customers in your community pay their bills. MidAmerican Energy will donate an equal amount of money to the organization that the customer donates to. To make a donation, call 888-427-5632 or fill out the pledge form.
All the money from the program will go to the community action agency that oversees the weatherization and the Low Income Energy Assistance Program in the area where the contribution came from. The money goes straight to people who need it.
If you are having trouble paying your winter heating bills, or are worried about being able to pay them in the future, you should call MidAmerican Energy. This includes families and individuals, as well as seniors and the disabled. The company may be able to help you set up a payment plan for your account. You can explore other options like a Budget Billing Plan, which allows customers to pay a more predictable monthly amount on their bills.
Energy savings and conservation from Mid-American Energy
Weatherization is a service that helps people pay for energy-saving improvements to their homes. It is usually offered at the same time as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Low-income customers can usually get help with energy conservation through a government program called weatherization. This program provides free resources and assistance year-round to help people save energy and money. The Iowa Department of Human Rights, local community action agencies and non-profits often collaborate with Mid-American’s energy efficiency department to provide services and programs that help reduce energy costs for low-income residents. This can include weatherization assistance, energy education, and bill payment assistance. They manage the weatherization process by accepting applications, distributing funding, overseeing contractors, and ensuring the success of the weatherization. The agencies make sure that houses belonging to low-income customers are improved and that program goals will be met. Call the Iowa Bureau of Weatherization at 515-281-3861 or your local community action agency to get help with weatherizing your home.
HomeCheck is a conservation program for older homes built before January 1995. For details, call 1-800-545-0762. MidAmerican customers can get discounts on things like low-flow faucet aerators, water heater blankets, energy-efficient light bulbs, pipe insulation, shower heads, and waterbed mattress pads.