The Public Service Commission is warning New York residents that heating costs will be up at least 29% due to rate increases for all types of fuel, as well as predictions of a colder-than-normal winter for the Winter of 2022. The average electric customer will pay about $75 more for heat which represents a 42% increase over last winter’s bills., but the average natural gas customer will be paying about $240 per month more, or about 29% this winter.
Heap Applications open Nov. 1 on a first come-first serve basis. You may be eligible to receive Home Energy Assistance if you receive Temporary Assistance or SNAP, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or your income is at or below current guidelines. To qualify, a family of four must have a maximum gross annual income of $65,829 and apply to their county HEAP office. A chart on the county HEAP page specifies the gross income limit for help based on income and the number of households. For instance, a family of four must have a maximum gross annual income of $65,829 and apply to their county HEAP office.