Energy bill assistance
Funding and Financing
Governments can provide financial assistance for communities that have difficulties paying their utility bills. Increased use of air conditioning during extreme heat waves can raise household energy bills, costs that many low-income families already struggle to cover.
Establish a fund to provide energy bill assistance.
Considerations for Use
This initiative can be accompanied with community outreach on how to apply for this program and education on low-cost ways to conserve energy.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:Funding and FinancingThe allocation of public or philanthropic funding or private financing to implement projects, including risk transfer mechanisms.
Trigger Points:City planning processesIncludes city initiatives such as the development of climate action plan, pathway to zero-energy, master plan, transit plan, energy mapping etc.
Target Beneficiaries:Heat-vulnerable communities, Residents
Phase of Impact:Emergency response and management
Metrics:Number of families served by energy assistance program, Number of power outages/shut offs per heat wave or year
Intervention Scale:City, State/Province
Authority and Governance:City government, State/provincial government
Implementation Timeline:Short-term (1-2 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:City government, State/provincial government
Funding Sources:Public investment
Capacity to Act:High, Medium
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Save on utilities