LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Renters and homeowners in several counties who are struggling to pay energy bills are encouraged to act now to ensure their homes are warm for the winter.

Each state distributes money from the federal government to help people afford to pay their energy bills. The Biden Administration announced a new round of money at beginning of November. It’s intended for families who are having a hard time making ends meet while battling inflation.

Data from the U.S. Energy Administration shows electricity rates have increased nearly 15% which is a major setback for people living off low income. The Biden Administration announced $4.5 billion will be available to lower heating costs for families this winter and help cover unpaid utility bills. The Kentucky River Foothills Development Council which serves 10 counties in Kentucky breaks down the income guidelines for assistance.

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“Subsidy is a portion of their electric gas propane kerosene wood or coal,” resource specialist Raejean Miller said.

Kentuckians interested in learning more about the resources available can visit the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program page on the Kentucky River Foothills website.

States set the income limits for each of their programs but must keep them within a certain range above or below the poverty level.