We’ve been really lucky with the weather lately, but the bitterly cold winter nights aren’t too far away and if you’re struggling to make ends meet and have no idea how you're going to afford to pay your heating bill this winter, help is available.

The Home Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance to help low-income and elderly residents in New York State and they're encouraging those in need of help to apply for assistance.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "As cold winter nights begin to set in, this funding will ensure New Yorkers receive the assistance they need to heat their homes and keep their families safe," Governor Cuomo said. "By securing this federal funding, residents across the state will no longer be forced to choose between buying food for their loved ones or paying their heating bill. I encourage all eligible New Yorkers to apply for this assistance in order to stay warm this winter season."

According to Broome County, there are some additional energy saving resources and they include:

Tioga Opportunities - Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) agency for Broome and Tioga counties. Free weatherization services for HEAP eligible homeowners. www.Tiogaopp.org Phone: 687.0944 Toll-free: 1.877.786.2419


New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA) - No cost energy efficiency services for income qualified households. www.nyserda.org Phone: 1.800.263.0960


New York State Public Service Commission Consumer Website - Consumer protections, assistance programs, tips on utility service, how to shop for utility services, telephone lifeline service, energy tax credits. www.askpsc.com


[via HEAP/Office of the Governor/Broome County]