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Free Government Appliance in California

Posted November 19th, 2013 in California Appliances by admin

The state Department of Community Services & Development administers the federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in California. The federal Department of Health and Human Services distributes funds to states annually to assist with energy bills and offset heating and/or cooling energy costs for eligible low-income households. California’s share is now approximately $150 million annually which CSD distributes to contracted community energy service providers.


CSD strategically leverages its LIHEAP funding with the U.S. Department of Energy’s  Weatherization Assistance Program.



  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides a direct payment to an eligible client’s utility bill to help offset the cost of heating or cooling their home.
  • Weatherization  provides free energy efficiency upgrades to the dwellings of low-income families to lower their monthly utility bills.
  • Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) provides assistance to low-income households that are in a crisis situation. Examples include a household that has received a 24- or 48-hour disconnect notice or service termination by their utility company or an energy-related crisis of life-threatening emergency exists in the applicant’s household.


Any resident of California who meets the income guidelines and is responsible for energy costs in a residence may be eligible. To determine income eligibility, see the LIHEAP Income Guidelines Chart.



Ms. Sylmia Britt
LIHEAP Coordinator
Department of Community Services and Development
P.O. Box 1947
Sacramento, California 95812-1947
TEL: (916) 576-7154
FAX: (916) 263-1406
PUBLIC INQUIRIES: 1-866-675-6623