Weather Wise: LIEAP

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With winter around the corner, many may be wondering how to keep the heat in their homes during the cold winter months. But there's a program you may qualify for to help with that struggle, and teach you how to be more energy efficient in the process.

Montana winters can be harsh, and living without heat is downright dangerous.

Amber Uzelac with HRDC Low Income Energy Assistance says, "Our ultimate goal is people to not go without heat. It shouldn't be an option now-a-days where we definitely have all the resources to help folks so that they don't go without heat."

The HRDC Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP, strives to help those who can't afford to pay their energy bills.

"A lot of clients are living just paycheck to paycheck which most Montanans are I think, and to be able to have one bill that's covered for seven months is really stress relieving."

If you qualify for the program you'll receive financial assistance and a client education program where you'll learn how to save even more.

"We show people how to save money with their lighting, their heating, and air sealing,” said Tony Mullen from the HRDC Client Education Program.

Those who qualify for LIEAP are automatically added to the priority list for the client education program.

"We give people the tools they need so they can maintenance appliances themselves and make them run more energy efficiently."

Things like the upkeep of furnace filters, and how to save water, by using a different shower head and faucet.

"Less water comes out and increases the water flow so you don't know you're using less water."



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