While the exact method for finding energy assistance can vary by state, consumers can search for resources via the Office of Community Services website. This site provides information on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, as well as the ability to search for participating organizations.
Consumers can also find energy assistance by working through local state agencies. For example, Maryland has the Maryland Energy Assistance Program, which is based on household size and annual income. The program makes payments directly to the consumer's utility company if an application for assistance is approved. Applicants must be a resident of the state in order to qualify.
Wisconsin has a similar program, the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program. This program can provide one time payments for heating and electric assistance during October through May of each year. The program also offers crisis assistance for those in emergency situations. The amount of assistance provided to the consumer does vary based on numerous factors. Residents of Wisconsin must meet income requirements based on household size and 60 percent of the state median income guidelines.
Consumers can also contact area charities and churches for temporary assistance with energy bills. The website Need Help Paying Bills provides a number of resources for charity assistance, as well as assistance with electric and heating bills.