Governor’s Energy Office releases updated guide to help Maine people save money and stay warm this winter

With Federal forecasts expecting energy prices to remain high this winter, the Governor’s Energy Office has updated its winter heating resource guide to help Maine people and families take action to save money, improve their home’s energy efficiency, and find heating assistance if needed.

The guide is now available on the Governor’s Energy Office website and as a downloadable, printable document (PDF).

“With global energy prices expected to remain high, my Administration is doing all we can to help Maine people heat their homes this winter,” said Governor Janet Mills. “I encourage Maine people to use this guide to find resources to stay warm and to weatherize their homes this winter to bring down their heating costs. And, as always, let’s all keep an eye out for our neighbors to make sure they’re okay.”

A recent forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Agency (PDF) estimates that costs for nearly all home heating methods will remain high this winter, stemming from continued global energy market volatility following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

With more than 60 percent of homes reliant on heating oil, compared to 4 percent nationally and between 24-42 percent elsewhere in New England, Maine is the most heating oil dependent state in the country. The New England electrical grid, which supplies power to a majority of Maine, is also over-reliant on natural gas-generated electricity. This makes Maine distinctly vulnerable to the increased prices and volatility the global fossil fuel market is now experiencing.

To address rising energy costs, the Mills Administration has taken several significant actions this year, including:

Efficiency Maine has also launched a new program offering $100 rebates for home insulation materials purchased from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2022. Efficiency Maine has also published a homeowner’s energy efficiency guide available here (PDF).

Applications for heating assistance are now being accepted. For information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit MaineHousing’s website, call (207) 626-4600, or contact your local community action agency. Emergency heating assistance is available starting on November 1.

The guide, which includes resources for Maine people from MaineHousing, Efficiency Maine, the Maine Public Utilities Commissions, the Maine Emergency Management Agency, the Office of the Public Advocate, and the Governor’s Energy Office, is available here.