What they’re reading in the US: The Biden-Harris administration helps cut household energy expenditures

The Biden-Harris administration this week announced a series of measures to cut energy costs for families as winter approaches. Actions included providing $4.5 billion in funding to states, territories and tribes through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help cover home heating costs, settle unpaid utility bills, and make cost-effective home energy repairs for fewer families. heating and cooling bills. The administration also announced $8.5 billion from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act to support up to 1.6 million families across the country in upgrading homes and apartments to reduce energy bills, including by installing up to 500,000 heat pumps and making deep building retrofits. Through insulation and electrical wires. Not only will these steps help lower home energy costs ahead of the winter months, but they will also help families afford energy-efficient equipment when they need to make home repairs and save on their bills in the future.

Read below for a sample of local coverage.

Nextar: Biden’s supervisor distributed $4.5 billion to help with home heating costs
Billions of dollars in federal aid to help Americans with their heating bills are made available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Biden administration said Wednesday that nearly $4.5 billion has been earmarked for LIHEAP this winter, to help low-income families pay energy or utility bills, or in some cases, cover the cost of weathering or repairs. The money will be distributed to states, territories and tribal governments this week.

New Hampshire Bulletin: New Hampshire to get $104 million in energy and fuel subsidies discounts
During a press event on Wednesday, White House National Climate Adviser Ali Zaidi said heat pumps can help families save about $500 annually. Al-Zaidi said that half of the home’s energy costs go to heating and cooling. He said the $9 billion in funding across the country is enough to help 1.6 million families switch to a heat pump.

NJ.com: New Jersey residents will get $336 million from the feds to help cover rising energy costs
“As we approach these winter months, millions of hard-working families across the country will be looking for ways to keep their homes warm” with food also on the table, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra said in a conference call with reporters. “We will do everything we can to make LIHEAP work for them.”

Connecticut public media: Connecticut will get $86 million to help families pay for home heating
Connecticut will get $86 million in assistance to help lower heating costs for families this winter. It’s part of the $4.5 billion in aid for American families announced Wednesday. Spending on the program is well above the usual annual funding of about $3.5 billion, but well below the $8 billion that the administration and Congressional Democrats provided last winter as part of President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package. The money will be distributed through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. The program helps families struggling with energy bills and also pays for home energy repairs to help lower bills.

Boston Business Journals: As energy prices rise, guerrillas release millions in heating aid for New Englanders
“We want to make sure we are helping all families,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. LIHEAP exists to help disadvantaged communities, especially those highly vulnerable to temperature fluctuations. We will do everything we can to make LIHEAP work for them again regardless of all the different disasters affecting the price of energy.”

WFSB (CBS Hartford, Connecticut): Help is on the way to help people pay their energy bills this winter
There is some help on the way. The White House announced more than $13 billion in funding to lower your energy bills. There is $13.5 billion in funding to help people, and $4.5 billion of that goes to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This money will help people pay their heating and utility bills. Also, 9 billion dollars will be allocated to the inflation reduction law. This will help a few million people with home repairs, which will eventually lower their heating bills. In Hartford, people are happy to have some help because they are worried.

WPRI (CBS Providence, RI): Home Warming Help: Here’s How To Apply
“With temperatures starting to drop and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine soaring energy prices around the world, LIHEAP money has become a real lifeline for many vulnerable Americans,” [Sen. Jack] Reid added. “No one should have to choose between paying heating bills and paying for other necessities like food and medicine.”

WICS (ABC Springfield, IL): $208 million to help Illinois residents heat their homes in winter
Illinois on Thursday received $208,170,481 million to help Illinois residents pay the rising cost of their home heating bills this winter. Funding is through the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Cal (ABC Rochester, MN): Biden announced $4.5 billion to help cut home heating costs; $128 million to Minnesota, $60 million to IA
The Biden administration said Wednesday that it is saving $4.5 billion through the Home Energy Assistance Program for low-income people to help with heating costs this winter. Spending on the program is well above the usual annual funding of about $3.5 billion, but well below the $8 billion that the administration and Congressional Democrats provided last winter as part of the coronavirus relief package.

KCCI (CBS Des Moines, IA): Iowans can apply for home heating assistance
Iowans worried about paying their heating bills this winter are starting to sign up for help. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, opened the application process Tuesday morning for homeowners and renters.

WCSH (NBC Portland, ME): Maine gets $42.5 million in LIHEAP funding as home heating concerns escalate
With energy costs rising and fuel supplies dwindling, many Maine families are concerned about heating their homes this winter. On Tuesday, Maine gave $42.5 million through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides funding to help low-income families pay their energy bills. […]

WTAE (ABC Pittsburgh, PA): LIHEAP is now accepting applications in Pennsylvania
The application process for Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program — known as LIHEAP — is ongoing for the 2022-2023 season… The federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services helps renters and homeowners with home heating bills… Application period for both Cash Grants and Crisis Grants is open until April 28, 2023.

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