What Is The LEAP Program?
LEAP stands for Low Income Energy Assistance Program and is not intended to cover the entire cost of your electric bill. LEAP’s mission is to help already hardworking and overextended families and individuals with their heating bill, equipment repair, and the replacement of inoperable equipment.
Colorado winters are brutal, we know that, and so do our state officials and that is why they have implemented a plan of action to assist our residents. The program was able to help over 65,000 applicants last year ranging from $337-$674 per resident. In order to receive assistance, you must be a United States citizen, be responsible for your energy bill, and your income cannot be more than the 165 percent of the poverty index.
Where and When Should I Apply?
Starting this 2018-2019 winter season LEAP has started making their application available to submit online. You can find the application on the Colorado State official website along with all the eligibility requirements. If you do not have internet access you can also fill out a paper application and mail it in.
With Colorado’s extra long winters you can apply November 1st through April 30th at any point in time. This is a great program offered by our state and it is worth taking a look at the eligibility requirements to see if you can receive help.
Additional Energy Assistance
If after you apply for LEAP assistance you are still having a hard time paying your energy bill Energy Outreach Colorado can assist you. Their mission is to help find local grants to offer extra help for those in dire need. The caveat is that you have to apply for LEAP assistance first to receive other grants from these other sources.
To be eligible for extra help you must be at least 30 days late on your energy bill and your gross income must be at or below 80 percent of the area’s median income. Applicants must be directly responsible for the bill but they do not have to be the account holder. You can find out more information by visiting Energy Outreach’s website.
Eligibility Still Requires Responsibility
With all that being said, eligibility for assistance does not mean eligibility to be irresponsible. E3 Power is all about conservation and so is the state of Colorado. LEAP is only there to offer partial help which means it is definitely in your best interest to follow common energy-saving practices.
Try lowering your energy bill by replacing your light bulbs with LED or energy star bulbs, unplug appliances and chargers, and make sure to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees. E3 Power offers energy audits that help to find air leaks that are not visible to the homeowner. Once we locate the air leaks we can seal them and will make a tremendous difference in your home.
Call Us Today
Are you looking for more information about how to make your home more energy-efficient? E3 Power can answer your questions and help to create an energy saving plan specific for your home. We would love to help you and your family create a warm and comfortable space for you to live in, give us a call today!