DES MOINES - Low-income customers in MidAmerican Energy Company’s Iowa territory can apply for the seasonal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Elderly or disabled low-income Iowans can apply now. Other qualified low-income Iowa residents can apply starting Nov. 1.
LIHEAP is a federally funded energy assistance program designed to help low-income families pay their heating bills. Community action agencies in Iowa review applications and administer grant funds provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Household income and size, type of primary heating fuel, housing type and other factors are considered as grants are awarded to eligible low-income applicants.
“If you are a low-income Iowan and worry about paying your energy bills this winter, or know of someone who does, consider if LIHEAP might be an option,” Mike Gehringer, vice president of customer operations for MidAmerican Energy, said. “Even if you don’t qualify for LIHEAP, and you’re having difficulty paying your energy bills, we encourage you to discuss payment options with us.” Customers can call MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632.
To be eligible for LIHEAP, the total household income for an applicant in Iowa must be at or below 175 percent of 2018 federal poverty guidelines. For example, a single-person household can qualify with an annual gross income at or below $21,245. A family of four can qualify with an annual gross income at or below $43,925.
Last year 41,898 households in MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa service territory were approved for LIHEAP assistance. The average grant per household was $420.
Eligible customers who need help with energy bills should apply for LIHEAP at a local community action agency. The Iowa Department of Human Rights has additional information about the program and eligibility requirements.
Budget billing provides predictable monthly bill
MidAmerican Energy customers who want a more consistent monthly energy bill can opt for budget billing, which allows customers to pay the same amount each month for a set period of time. Budget billing does not lower rates, but does offer a more predictable bill.
How you can help low-income customers this winter
To help those in need, customers can donate to MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE program which funds local assistance for heating bills and home weatherization for low-income residents, and is administered through local community action agencies.
Customer donations fund I CARE, together with a 25 percent match from MidAmerican Energy. Tax-deductible donations to the I CARE program stay within the local community and go directly to help those in need. MidAmerican Energy customers can donate to the I CARE program via a checkbox on their monthly bill or can pledge online.
About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at MidAmericanEnergy.com and company social media channels.