Helping Low-Income Families Manage and Reduce Energy Costs
Low-income households spend a large share of their limited income on energy:
- Percent of Income U.S. Families Spend on Energy: 3.5%
- Percent of Income Low-Income Families Spend on Energy: 14%
ACCES agencies receive funding from the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) to help low-income families struggling to manage rising energy costs. This work goes on throughout the entire state of California, with more than 40 agencies participating in the effort. ACCES is proud to be a part of that "Network." Below you can read about some of our joint accomplishments in 2008.
CSD helps low-income Californians manage and reduce energy costs. Part of the assistance offered by CSD is for emergences—helping families who are in financial crisis pay a utility bill. Another part of the assistance helps reduce bills in the long term by installing weatherization measures to make low-income households more energy-efficient. These services are paid for with federal funds from two programs: LIHEAP (the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program.
- 2008 LIHEAP Grant: $106,139,959
- 2008 DOE Grant: $6,293,917
- Households Receiving Energy Assistance from CSD: 179,715
The LIHEAP Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides a direct payment to a low-income client's utility bill to help offset the cost of heating/cooling their home.
- Number of Households Served by HEAP: 103,420
- Average Energy Payment: $269
The LIHEAP Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) provides assistance to low-income households who are in a crisis situation, such as those having received a notice to disconnect or terminate service, or those having an energy-related crisis or life-threatening emergency.
- Number of Households Served by ECIP: 55,672
- Average Energy Payment: $509
Funds for Weatherization Assistance come from both LIHEAP and DOE. The programs provide weather-stripping, insulation, caulking, water heater blankets, refrigerator replacement, heating/cooling system repairs, and compact fluorescent lamps to make dwellings more energy efficient, thereby reducing energy usage/costs, while safeguarding the health and safety of the household.
- Number of Homes Weatherized : 20,623
- Average Energy Investment: $1,294
- Average Annual Savings: $418