*Please see this page for up-to-date information on our programs and services during COVID-19.*
QCAP offers a range of Energy Programs that help people save money on their heating costs. The Heating Assistance program helps households by paying a portion of their annual winter heating costs. Energy conservation services help with home improvements that improve efficiency and lower household heating costs. QCAP’s Energy Program serves the towns of Quincy, Weymouth, Braintree, and Milton.
During COVID-19, we are continuing to process fuel assistance applications by phone. Applications will still be accepted through Friday, May 29, 2020, including new applications. There is a maximum potential benefit of $1,360.
No matter what type of heating system you have, QCAP’s Heating Assistance program can help you pay your winter heating bills. This can include helping tenants with heat included in their rent. The program helps with heating costs for the months of November through April. We make payments right to your heating company up to a maximum benefit level.
New applicants may apply by calling QCAP’s Energy Program for an appointment at 617-657-5301. Returning customers will receive their applications in the mail. Heating assistance is for low-income households in the towns of Quincy, Weymouth, Braintree, and Milton with incomes at or below 60% of the estimated state median income. Click here for the income eligibility chart for the 2019-2020 Fuel Assistance Program.
For individuals and families outside of QCAP’s service area, find the local energy assistance program nearest to you at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Have questions about applying for fuel assistance? To read answers to some frequently asked questions, click here.
If you qualify for heating assistance you may also get discounts on your National Grid and Eversource bills. Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) does not offer a discount. Heating Assistance staff will notify these companies of your eligibility and the discount will be applied to your account. The discounts can save you up to 30% on your gas and/or electric bills.
You may also learn more about the low-income rates by visiting the utility websites:
Heating System Repair & Replacement
Homeowners who receive heating assistance can also get help to repair or even replace inefficient or inoperable heating systems. Regular clean, tune and evaluation services are also available to keep your heating system in good working order.
Homeowners and renters eligible for heating assistance can access a variety of weatherization services to help make their homes energy efficient. QCAP will conduct a free energy audit of your home to find air leaks and arrange for a contractor to perform needed weatherization work including attic and wall insulation, weather stripping, and air sealing.
Utility Sponsored Energy Conservation Programs
QCAP works cooperatively with local utility companies to offer special energy conservation programs designed to reduce your utility bills and help you conserve energy. Services include weatherization and heating system replacements for National Grid, Eversource, and BELD customers. In addition, National Grid and Eversource customers can learn how to save energy and money through a free appliance and electric usage audit. You will also receive free energy efficient light bulbs, and possibly a new refrigerator, air conditioner, dehumidifier, and washing machine if yours are high-energy users.