Energy Assistance

The Community Services Bureau operates several programs designed to help low-income people cope with the financial burden of high energy bills. These programs include the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program's (LIHEAP) Housing and Energy Assistance and Weatherization programs, and the Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization program.

The LIHEAP program provides financial assistance for energy bills for people whose income is below 100% of Federal Poverty guidelines. This includes immediate financial assistance with 48 hour shut-off notices, energy education, and budget counseling services. Households applying for DOE and LIHEAP may also receive free weatherization and energy reduction services for their homes. Weatherization includes the installation of insulation and other energy saving measures that will reduce the loss of energy from the home, thus reducing monthly energy bills.

Stay Healthy in Your Home
Energy assistance is important to all that receive it, but more so for seniors, children and disabled people. These people are especially at risk for life threatening illness or death if their home is too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer.

Be Safe in Your Home
You can face safety risks if you are unable to pay your home energy bills. Some people resort to unsafe methods to keep their homes warm or cool. These include the use of fireplaces, stoves, improperly vented portable heaters, barbecue grills, or overloading electrical circuits. These methods are not only fire hazards, but also create the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Become Energy Smart in Your Home
There are many things to learn to do in your home that will help reduce the cost of energy. We offer special classes to the public throughout the county on how to reduce home energy costs and become energy smart.

What Kinds of Assistance Does LIHEAP Provide?
The County's LIHEAP program may be able to offer you one or more of the following types of assistance:
  • Bill payment assistance
  • Energy and budget education 
  • Energy crisis assistance 
  • Weatherization and energy-related home repairs
To apply to the LIHEAP program, simply print out the application forms listed below, gather copies of all requested documents, and return your packet to:

Contra Costa County Home Energy Assistance Program
2530 Arnold Dr., Suite 360
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone: (925) 335-8900
Fax: (925) 335-8905