Energy assistance for low-income households
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income households pay part of their energy bills. You can find out if you're eligible for this program and apply for help at one of the state agencies below. Please note, these guidelines are updated periodically, so be sure to check back regularly.
Income guidelines for LIHEAP
Our LIHEAP brochure will also provide income guidelines,essential energy assistance facts and contact information in your area:
- Washington Energy Assistance - LIHEAP
- Oregon Energy Assistance - LIHEAP
Cascade Natural Gas is pleased to partner with the Weatherization Assistance Programs in Washington and Oregon. These community action and low income agencies offer free home weatherization and energy efficiency improvements to income-qualified residential dwellings heated with natural gas. Please contact your Energy Assistance Agency for additional information or to apply for weatherization assistance.
Participant qualification, energy reviews, and installation are performed by a community action agency. Potential improvements (following a complete home energy review) include:
- Insulation in attics, walls, and floors
- Insulation around duct work and hot water pipes
- Sealing air leaks in the building, especially around windows and doors
- Clean, tune, and repair heating and cooling systems and, if necessary, replace existing systems with high-efficiency natural gas furnaces and water heaters.
Energy Assistance Funds
Oregon: If you are a customer in Oregon, funds are collected through a Public Purpose Charge (PPC) each month on your gas bill. These funds are used for conservation and renewable energy projects, schools, low-income weatherization, low-income housing and low-income utility bill assistance. Oregon customers may apply for available funds through the Energy Assistance Agencies listed below:
Washington: If you are a customer in Washington, funds are provided by Cascade Natural Gas to the Washington Energy Assistance Fund (WEAF) to assist qualified low income customers with utility bill assistance. Washington customers may apply for available funds through the Energy Assistance Agencies listed below:
Winter Help is our own program for helping Cascade Natural Gas customers. We've helped more than 10,000 families since starting the program in 1989.
When you contribute to Winter Help, we will match each dollar donated up to a total of $50,000. Contributions are tax-deductible and guaranteed to be used in your community.
If you would like to contribute a one-time donation or a monthly pledge amount, please complete the Winter Help form and mail it with gas payment or mail the completed form with your donation to:
P.O. Box 990065
Boise, ID 83799
If you are including your donation on your payment stub, please remember to check the box, as noted on your stub, for your donation to be applied correctly. Winter Help is registered under the Charitable Solicitations Act in Washington. Financial disclosure information may be obtained at 360-725-0378.