Millions of Americans will receive relief checks in the government’s bid to help US citizens make ends meet as energy bills skyrocket amid inflation.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to significant inflation and rising energy bills, with Joe Biden‘s administration announcing their intention to take action.
“President Biden is laser focused on lowering energy costs for working families while creating good-paying jobs and tackling the climate crisis,” a White House statement reads.
“As extreme heat continues to affect tens of millions of Americans, hitting low-income families harder than others, President Biden is implementing new programs to help maintain a consistent and affordable energy supply to cool their homes.
“The Biden-Harris Administration is announcing six new actions to lower home electricity costs for hard-hit American families by increasing access to affordable and more reliable clean energy and create clean energy jobs.”
What is the US government doing to reduce energy bills?
The US government announced that they will lower electricity costs and create clean energy jobs, their biggest move being to reduce solar energy bills by an average of 10 percent each year.
“The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is issuing new guidance that – for the first time – will help enable families in HUD-assisted rental housing to subscribe to local community solar where available,” reads the statement.
“With this guidance, HUD setting the stage for 4.5 million families to reap the benefits of community solar which, on average, can save families 10 percent per year on their electric bills.”
In the states of Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York, as well as in Washington DC, there is a Community Solar Subscription Platform, which aims to bring about solar electric bill savings.
In Washington DC, there is also a Solar for All scheme which benefits individuals who make less than 79,500 dollars, while other states may have other measures.
How do you apply for Energy Bills Relief?
The programs announced by the government have the intention of reducing overall prices in the country, rather than sending out checks.
Therefore, there isn’t a nationwide scheme to apply for, although certain states have more specific programs.
You can visit the official website of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to see what programs are available in your area.