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October 31, 2013

Customers urged to apply for energy assistance

CEDAR RAPIDS — Alliant Energy is reminding customers that Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program agencies are now accepting applications for the upcoming heating season. The program provides dollars to moderate and low-income level households to help pay a portion of their winter heating bills.

LIHEAP payments depend upon household size, income level, and home energy costs. The program helps households with incomes meeting eligibly guidelines. For example, in Iowa, a family of four that earns $35,325 annually or less, or a two-person family that earns $23,265 annually or less, may qualify for energy assistance dollars.

To obtain energy assistance, qualified Iowa residents can apply at their local county energy assistance agency through April 30. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible by calling 1-866-674-6327 to locate the nearest county agency that provides energy assistance funds or by visiting dcaa.iowa.gov. Customers may be eligible whether they own or rent their home.

Applicants must bring these items to the agencies to determine eligibility:

• Social Security numbers for all household members (documentation required)

• Proof of income for household members 19 years or older; most recent three months’ check stubs; awarded letter from Social Security; or 2011 tax return.

• Recent heat bill, electric bill, telephone bill

The Bureau of Energy Assistance administers the federally funded LIHEAP. Services may include: Payment of energy bills; help with utility disconnection; education on efficient and safe use of home heating energy; and repair or replacement of homeowners’ malfunctioning heating systems.

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