Low-Income Assistance Program

In these tough times, millions of Americans struggle to pay their energy bill when it arrives each month. Shipley Energy understands, and that is why we work with a government program called LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that helps qualified households with their home energy bills.


LIHEAP assists low-income families with their heat concerns. The date range of assistance changes each year. Payments are issued directly to Shipley Energy and appear as a credit on your bill. The amount available varies according to your income, the number of people in your family, and the type of fuel your home uses.

The LIHEAP program helps thousands of Shipley Energy heating oil and propane customers each year. It’s a service we’re proud to partner with. No customer should have to worry about being able to keep their family safe and warm in their own home.

Qualifying for LIHEAP

LIHEAP is a needs-based assistance program that is open to anyone who rents or owns a home. You may already qualify for LIHEAP in Pennsylvania if you currently receive other forms of social assistance.

You can apply for LIHEAP whether you are working or not. To qualify, your annual income must fall below a given level, depending on the number of people in your household. You also need proof of your oil or propane account, as well as the information for everyone in your home.

PA LIHEAP Infographic 

Pennsylvania Income Eligibility Limits

To qualify for LIHEAP in Pennsylvania for 2017-2018, your annual gross income for the number of people in your home must be:

  • For an individual living alone: $18,090/year
  • For a two-person household: $24,360/year
  • For three family members: $30,630/year
  • For four family members: $36,900/year
  • For five family members: $43,170/year
  • For six family members: $49,440/year
  • For seven family members: $55,710/year
  • For eight family members: $61,980/year

With each additional family member, the income cap is raised by $6,270/year.

Signing up for LIHEAP

To sign up for LIHEAP you must contact a state agency in your area:

A Shipley Energy representative can advise you on the documentation you’ll need get your application approved. This can include:

  • Names, ages and Social Security numbers of all household members
  • Proof of income for all household members
  • Proof of address
  • A copy of your most recent heating bill or a confirmation of account letter

Maryland Assistance Programs

MD MEAP Infographic 

MEAP – Energy Assistance from The Office of Home Energy Programs

In Maryland, the following income limits are effective July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. OHEP is a year-round program, but you must re-apply every year.

  • For an individual living alone: $1,759/month, or $21,105/year
  • For a two-person household: $2,368/month, or $28,420/year
  • For three family members: $2,978/month, or $35,735/year
  • For four family members: $3,588/month, or $43,050/year
  • For five family members: $4,197/month, or $50,365/year
  • For six family members: $4,807/month, or $57,680/year
  • For seven family members: $5,416/month, or $64,995/year
  • For eight family members: $6,026/month, or $72,310/year

For each additional family member, the income cap raises by $701/month, or $8,418 annually.

  • In Maryland, call 1-800-332-6347, visit their website or get in touch with your local office directly.

Contact Shipley Energy for Help

Call Shipley Energy at 1-800-839-1849 or fill out our contact form and we are happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

Our dedicated team is available to answer any questions you may have and help you apply for assistance. We respect your privacy, and all inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.