Senator Kissel Reminds Constituents of State’s Home-Heating Assistance Program

December 18, 2006

State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) would like to remind his constituents of the assistance the State provides residents to help pay their heating bills.

“Along with the Holidays in New England come colder temperatures, which means increased heating bills for Connecticut residents. Fortunately, Connecticut’s home-heating assistance program provides increased benefits to eligible households to help defray some of these costs,” said Senator Kissel. “Keeping warm in your home is not a luxury. Everyone should have access to affordable energy to keep themselves and their families warm this winter.”

“Through this program, eligible households can receive as much as $675 in basic assistance, supplemented by crisis and safety net assistance for those heating with deliverable fuels,” explained Senator Kissel. “There is even a contingency heating assistance program in place for eligible households with incomes too high to qualify for the regular program.”

Senator Kissel noted that there are additional state programs and regulations in place to help families keep energy costs down.

“The Connecticut Weatherization Assistance Program helps families make their homes more energy efficient, thereby lowering their monthly bills. Plus, residential energy efficiency products and energy efficient heating equipment is exempt from state sales tax until July of next year,” added Senator Kissel.

Further information about these programs is available by calling the state Department of Social Services winter heating assistance line at 1-800-842-1132 or by calling Info-line at 2-1-1. Those interested can also log onto to learn about eligibility guidelines and examine an explanation of these benefits as well as an energy brochure.

Senator Kissel is a Deputy Minority Leader and the Ranking Senator on the General Assembly’s Human Services Committee. He was recently re-elected to his eighth term representing the 7th District.