Explore Ways to Get Help Heating Your Home

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There are a few programs in Vermont that may help you heat your home this winter. We list some below.

We describe the programs in detail on our Heat, Energy and Water Assistance Programs page. Visit that page to see if you are eligible.

The new Rapid Energy Assistance Program (REAP) is for low-income tenants. It offers help with paying for fuel that you use:

  • to stay warm
  • to heat your water, and
  • to cook.

REAP can cover 70% of the fuel bill if you apply by December 31, 2022, and also get fuel delivery by the end of the year. This program helps pay overdue fuel bills and current fuel bills for up to 18 months (while REAP funds are still available). REAP is available now, so you may not need to wait for seasonal fuel assistance.

The Fuel Assistance program is also known as home heating assistance or the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). It can help pay part of your home heating bills. It’s available to low-income tenants and homeowners.

If you use natural gas, the Vermont Gas Energy Assistance Program is for low-income customers of Vermont Gas Systems.

If you use electric, the Green Mountain Power Energy Assistance Program is for low-income customers of GMP.

See our Heat, Energy and Water Assistance Programs page for details and how to apply. We list other programs, too, including:

  • help fixing or replacing a fuel tank
  • weatherization help
  • help with water bills.
Updated: Nov 22, 2022