$500 Checks Up For Grabs: Full List Of States Offering Heating Bill Credits

Heating costs are expected to rise 17.2 percent this year, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association.

There are programs to help low-income people across the country. LIHEAP is federally funded and provides energy credits and payment help to families.

It provides families with up to $500. The program gives states funds for energy bills, energy crises, weatherization, and energy-related home repairs.

However, because the program is left up to the states, not every program provides cooling assistance during the summer months.

Furthermore, many states have similar programs, but they vary depending on a variety of factors such as income level, type of energy used, and so on.

Here is a list of each state and the energy programs they provide, with amounts varying depending on where you live.

* Program: Low-income home energy assistance (LIHEAP) * Income limit: 150 percent of federal poverty level * Visit the website for application information.

Alabama

* Program: Heat Aid Program (HAP) * Income:  225% of the federal poverty level * Eligibility: US citizen or qualified alien, Alaska resident, needing heating help. * Visit the website for application information.

Alaska

* Program: LIHEAP * Eligibility: determined at local CAAs. * Visit the website for application information.

Arizona

* Program: LIHEAP * Eligibility: Depending on income, must be a resident * For application info, visit the website.

Arkansas

* Program: LIHEAP * Eligibility: Depends on income, household size, and location * Visit the website for application information.

California

* Program:  Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) * Eligibility: Must be a resident, have a Social Security number, and meet income levels. * Visit the website for application information.

Connecticut

* Program: LIHEAP * Eligibility: Resident, need help with home energy costs * Visit the website for application information.

Idaho

* Program: LIHEAP * Eligibility: Resident, cannot exceed 200 percent of federal non-farm poverty level * Visit the website for application information.

Illinois

* Program: LIHEAP * Eligibility: Residents whose income is 60% or less of state median * Visit the website for application information.

Indiana

* Program: Maryland Energy Assistance Program  * Eligibility: Resident, bill must be in the applicant's name, must be below 200% of 2021 federal poverty guidelines * Visit the website for info

Maryland