Gulf Power Low-Income Customers Can Get Help Paying Their Bill
February 4, 2009
Cold winter weather means higher energy bills and for low income households that may cause difficulties. But Gulf Power Company has several programs that help customers save money on their energy bills, make their homes more energy efficient or help them get direct assistance.
Some of those programs include:
Gulf Power participates with the Salvation Army in Project Share, a program that provides emergency assistance to those who need help with energy bills, repairs to heating and air-conditioning equipment, and other energy-related needs. Project Share and other non-profit programs assist the elderly, the disabled, the sick, and others experiencing financial hardship. Eligible customers can apply for Project SHARE assistance at The Salvation Army office in their county. Eligibility requirements for Project SHARE recipients are set by The Salvation Army. Gulf Power customers can donate to the program by indicating so on their power bill.
Gulf Power offers a bill payment option called Budget Billing. Budget Billing can “levelize” monthly payments so customers can know approximately how much their bill will be each month and avoid high cost fluctuations caused by increased energy purchases during very cold or hot periods.
Gulf Power also has many excellent programs to help customers save money by making their homes and businesses more energy efficient (see list below following assistance programs).
The WAP (Weatherization Assistance Program) and LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) are federal, statewide programs that help pay energy bills for low-income households. To find out more about qualifications, contact your county’s local WAP and/or LIHEAP agency, which can be found on the Department of Community Affairs Web site at http://www.floridacommunitydevelopment.org/liheap/index.cfm or by calling the state’s information line at 2-1-1.
Florida Low-income energy assistance programs Florida Division of Housing and Community Development The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP & WAP-LIHEAP) annually provides grant funds to community action agencies, local governments, Indian tribes and non-profit agencies to provide specific program services for low-income families of Florida. The assistance includes: repair or replace inefficient heating and cooling units, air-infiltration/weather stripping, caulking, thresholds, minor wall, ceiling and floor repairs, window and door replacement, attic insulation, repair or replace water heaters, install solar screens, apply solar reflective coating to manufactured homes, and attic ventilation.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides grants to local governments and non-profit agencies to assist eligible low-income households in meeting the costs of home heating and cooling. Assistance includes utility bill payment, crisis and emergency assistance (bill payment, utility deposits, fees for restoring power, fans, repair or replacement of heating or cooling equipment, blankets and other items as needed, other items specific to the emergency). These programs receive funding from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. The extent of services to be provided depends on available funding. The LIHEAP program also is funded each year by the federal Department of Energy.
Local community assistance programs (listed below) accept applications, and the Department of Community Affairs (Division of Housing and Community Development) sets guidelines for participation.
Community Action Program Committee, Inc.
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 628
Pensacola, Florida 32591
Street Address: 1380 North Palafox Street
Pensacola, Florida 32591
Executive Director: Ms. Brenda Trimble, Executive Director
Program Director: Ms. Agnes Doering
LIHEAP Coordinator: Ms. Sandra Johnson
Finance Officer: Ms. Janet Saunders
Phone: (850) 438-4022 ext. 12
FAX: (850) 438-0121
WAP Coord: Ms. Connie Parker
Phone: (850) 438-4021
Counties Served: Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa WAP, WAP/LIHEAP
Santa Rosa-CSBG and LIHEAP served by Tri County Comm. Action Agency
FL Dept. of Community Affairs Consultant-CSBG/LIHEAP: Ms. Joe Anne Jones