Heating Assistance Programs
While Rhode Island oil heat providers aim to keep oil heat prices as manageable as possible for their customers, we understand that some consumers may need additional assistance. We encourage residents that are concerned about energy costs—particularly during the winter months—to check with your local dealer to see if they offer a payment plan that will fit your budget.
In addition, the State of Rhode Island offers several programs and helpful resources for low-income oil heat consumers that are in need of additional financing assistance during the winter. You can find more information about these programs through the Office of Energy Resources.
RI Good Neighbor Energy Fund Heating Bill Assistance
The Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund is a cooperative effort between sponsoring energy companies in the state and the United Way of Rhode Island, which administers the Fund, the corporate community, and Rhode Islanders to assist households in financial difficulty with the payment of an energy expense. The Fund encourages households in need to visit their local Community Action Program (CAP) agency to determine eligibility, which is based on household income not exceeding 300 percent of the federal poverty level. For more information, please call the United Way 2-1-1 contact center or visit www.rhodeislandgoodneighbor.org.
HEAP Heating Bill Assistance
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) assistance program is available from November 1st to March 31st to residents at or below 60% of Rhode Island’s median income. Based on your eligibility, they will make direct payments on your behalf to your heating provider to help with bills or to restore lost service. Please call 401-437-5102 for more information.
Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) helps low-income residents reduce their heating bills by providing whole-house energy efficiency (also known as weatherization) services to households that quality for HEAP and have not had an energy audit in the last 10 years. Tenants (with landlord approval) and homeowners are eligible for weatherization.
Heating System Repair/Replacement
The Heating System Repair/Replacement Program may provide a one-time service to increase the heating system efficiency of owner-occupied income-eligible households. In instances where heating systems cannot be made efficient, and if a system meets certain requirements, the heating system may be replaced. Please contact your local Community Action agency for intake instructions. Only households that qualify for HEAP may be eligible for this service.
Historical Heating Oil Prices
Get a better understanding of current and historical oil heat prices to help you prepare your energy budget for the coming months. This data is updated weekly and provides snapshots of the high, low, and average heating oil prices for each week of every month. The RI Office of Energy Resources provides weekly data back to 2000.
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