The Iowa Utilities Board is reminding Iowans to take advantage of programs to help with heating during the winter months. Board spokesman Rob Hillesland says there are a couple of programs available.
He says you can get financial assistance by applying for certification in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), or assistance in weatherizing your home in the Iowa Home Weatherization Home Assistance Program.
Hillesland says applying also puts you on the list of people who cannot have their heat turned off for being behind on their bills. Hillesland says all customers who are certified as eligible for the two programs cannot have their utilities disconnected between November 1st and April 1st.
Hillesland says the moratorium on turning off your utilities should not be a reason to stop attempting to pay the bill. He says the Iowa Utilities Board "strongly encourages" you to continue paying what you can on your bills, or you may build up a big bill and be disconnected once the moratorium is over. Hillesland says there are places all over the state where you can find out about the assistance.
Hillesland says you should check with the Iowa Department of Human Rights, or your local Community Action Program for information on sign up. To locate a Community Action Program near you, contact your local utility company.