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Home heating assistance still available

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The Iowa Utilities Board says utility customers can continue to apply for financial assistance through April 15.

Iowa receives about $77 million in federal funds for its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Applying for LIHEAP will protect customers from utility disconnection during a designated part of the winter, and in some cases will provide money to help with utility bills. The average grant this winter will be $550, up from $390 last winter.

Iowa also has a Winter Disconnection Moratorium  from Nov. 1 through April 1. During that time, utilties cannot be disconnected to anyone eligible for LIHEAP assistance. If residents have not applied for LIHEAP and are facing a disconnection, they can notify the company that they will be applying for LIHEAP and receive a 30-day stay from disconnection.

LIHEAP eligible homes can also receive financial assistance to improve energy efficiency and weatherize the home.

Click here for more information on the LIHEAP program.

Online Producer: Jenn Jarvis

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