Utility Bill Assistance



Connecticut help with heating bill, and assistance with electric and utility bills.

Find how to get help with utility bills (electric, gas, heating or oil, light, etc.) in Connecticut. Below are listed a number of financial aid programs that are run by the government or charities. Both can be used to help pay utility bills.

There are also more long term, sustainable options in Connecticut. Some of those include free conservation measures, budget billing, or payment plans. The emergency utility bill assistance programs can also be combined with free conservation in Connecticut.

Government assistance

Connecticut Winter Heating Assistance Programs is made up on multiple resources. These assistance programs are designed to help lower the winter heating costs of eligible households, which will normally be low income families and seniors. The goal of this assistance program is to help eligible Connecticut state residents in maximizing potential energy assistance options so that their wellness is not jeopardized by any inability they have to meet heating needs.

General information on this program:

  • Both renters and homeowners may apply for assistance with heating bills.
  • On behalf of those eligible households, the winter heating assistance program pays for such heating sources as natural gas, oil, electricity, propane, coal, kerosene, and wood.





Households may also apply for Connecticut weatherization assistance. This program can provide insulation, furnace repairs, and other ways to save energy. Both renters and homeowners are eligible to apply for these services as well, which can average almost $3,000 in labor/support cost per unit and materials. These services are free of charge to eligible applicants, and in the case of renters receiving aid, the landlords are asked to contribute only twenty percent of the material cost, which can range from $30 up to a maximum of $250, per housing unit.

Federal government energy assistance in Connecticut is CEAP. The primary government program is also  commonly known as LIHEAP. It offers qualified low to moderate income Connecticut families with cash grants to pay their utility and heating bills. Funds can be used to pay regular, monthly bills and emergency funding can assist with paying utilities when a customer is faced with a disconnection. The program is run by your local community action agency, and it also often includes weatherization home improvements. Learn more.

Shut off prevention programs - All gas service companies are required by then state to provide an arrearage forgiveness program for gas heating customers. All arrearages are waived if the gas customer makes regular payments on their outstanding bills. Among other eligibility, they include : arrears of $100 or more that are 60+ days overdue. Many utility companies will follow a similar arrearage program.





Yankee Gas and Connecticut Light and Power offer winter shutoff protection programs. These will ensure that qualified customers can’t have their gas or electric service shutoff for nonpayment of their bills from November. 1 through May 1.

Financial help from non-profits as well local towns

Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas - Numerous utility assistance programs are offered by both of these companies. Click here to read more on the options available to you.

Connecticut Natural Gas - This is the major natural gas provider in Connecticut. They offer low income and elderly customers with several financial assistance programs and payment plans. You may be able to qualify for cash grants to pay bills, weatherization, and much more. Read more on Connecticut Natural Gas assistance programs. Thousands receive help with their bills every year.

Griswold area - The senior center can direct the elderly that are in the town to heating and utility bill assistance programs. This is also an income based services for members of the community. Learn more.

Operation Fuel - This program provides millions of dollars of assistance every year to Connecticut families to help them keep their utility or heating service turned on. Click here to read more.

Town of Southbury offers various forms of financial help from the Needy Fund. It not only pays for heating, gas, or utility bills but it can provide other assistance. This may be free winter clothes, home repairs, HVAC updates and other forms of support. More on utility bill help from Needy Fund in Southbury.

Town of Westport and Weston- Families that live in these Connecticut towns can get assistance for their utility bills from the Warm Up Fund. Or anyone can donate to it. Using contributions, the programs helps local families keep their heat and electricity on. Funds are available year round. Read more.





Windsor Fuel Bank only supports residents of the town that are out of all other forms of utility or heating bill assistance. The program is donation driven, and run in partnership with the Windsor Community Service Council. Learn more.

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By: Jon McNamara



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