New Hampshire lawmakers are calling on the state to use US bailout money for home energy bills

In a letter sent Friday to Governor Chris Sunono, Republican of New Hampshire, New Hampshire’s congressional delegation asked the state to provide additional financial assistance to help defray energy costs for Granite Staters as utility prices are expected to rise significantly in the coming months. >> RELATED: New Hampshire residents warn of “significant increases” in electric bills “What we hope to achieve is finding some ways to provide relief,” said Representative Chris Pappas, Democrat of New Hampshire. It provides assistance to some residents through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The delegation calls on the state to open this door to more people and to set up a similar program to help residents who are currently ineligible. “We know everyone struggles with everything from gas prices to the cost of living in general,” said Senator Maggie Hassan, Democrat of New Hampshire. Governor Sunono told News9 that the state is working to provide relief to people struggling to pay their energy bills. We’ve already discussed the use of LIHEAP funds, and our energy and efficiency funds from last winter. “We have about $7 million and we are allowing people to apply for energy assistance so that people can keep those ACs and pay what are bound to be very high electric bills for the next six months,” Sunono said. Sunono added that the state is also planning for winter. “We will double the amount of funding we are going to put into heating oil assistance this winter. In addition to working with the legislature to fund some supplemental money that will increase the eligibility of both people applying for these programs this summer and this winter,” Sunono said. On Wednesday, the governor unveils a plan for expanded aid for the summer and winter months.

In a letter sent Friday to Governor Chris Sunono, Republican of New Hampshire, New Hampshire’s congressional delegation asked the state to provide additional financial assistance to help defray energy costs for Granite Staters as utility prices are expected to rise significantly in the coming months.

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“What we hope to achieve is to find some ways to provide relief,” said Representative Chris Pappas, a Democrat from New Hampshire.

Currently, New Hampshire offers assistance to some residents through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The delegation calls on the state to open this door to more people and set up a similar program to help residents who are currently ineligible.

“We know everyone struggles with everything from gas prices to the cost of living in general,” said Senator Maggie Hassan, Democrat of New Hampshire.

Governor Sunono told News 9 that the state is working to provide relief for people struggling to pay their energy bills.

“We have already discussed using LIHEAP money, our energy efficiency funds from last winter. We have about $7 million and we are allowing people to apply for energy assistance so that people can keep those air conditioners and pay what must be very high electric bills,” he said. Sununu.

Sunono added that the state is also planning for the winter.

“We will double the amount of funding we are going to put into heating oil assistance this winter. In addition to working with the legislature to fund some supplemental money that will both increase the eligibility of people applying for these programs,” Sunono said.

On Wednesday, the governor is expected to unveil a plan to expand aid for the summer and winter months.

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