The intent of Energy Assistance is to provide financial support to eligible households to offset residential energy costs. Findings confirm that there have been dramatic increases in home energy costs that impose a disproportionately larger burden on fixed, low and lower to middle income households. It is recognized that adequate home energy/heating is a necessary aspect of shelter, and that deficiencies in home heating pose a threat to life, health and/or safety.
Energy Services helps households evaluate their energy usage and provide energy education and weatherization. In addition, depending on income level, they may offer assistance with energy expenses.
Energy Services include:
- Home energy audits
- Heating system modifications to enhance efficiency
- Energy education
- Insulation installment in attics, floors and walls
- Minor home repairs to guard against heat waste
- Base load reduction, i.e.: compact fluorescent lighting, and low-flow shower and faucet kits.
- Door and window assessment to determine modifications for energy efficiency
- Financial assistance for energy costs
BILL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the Senior and Disabled Households begins early October, with General Public applications starting in December. Assistance may be directed to the primary heat source in the home.
Oregon Energy Assistance Program (OEAP) is for PGE customers only. OEAP qualifying criteria includes income eligibility. Priority status may be given to households with no power or a shut-off notice. YCAP receives monthly allocations to service a limited number of households.
Oregon Low Income Gas Assistance (OLGA) is for Northwest Natural Gas (NWN) customers only. OLGA qualifying criteria includes (a) income eligibility and (b) active account with NWN.
The Weatherization program provides free weatherization services to income eligible residents (homeowners and renters) of Yamhill County. Approximately 30-40 homes are completed each year. Income eligible clients must be at or below 200% of Federal Poverty. The goal is to lower energy usage in order to lower utility costs.
Funds used to weatherize homes are provided by federal government grants, utility rebates and/or rate payer funds. There is no cost to the homeowner or renter, and at no time is there a lien or attachment to property or possessions. In some cases necessary repairs or weatherization services beyond the scope of this program will be the responsibility of the property owner.