If you're faced with an LG&E bill that you think you won't be able to handle, or if your service has already been shut off for nonpayment, please contact us as soon as possible. You also can contact one of the agencies* listed below to see if you are eligible for assistance.
*LG&E does not determine who is eligible to receive assistance. Funding may be limited.
The following organizations can help direct you to area resources that can assist you.
- Louisville Metro Community Services
Assesses eligibility for emergency assistance and refers eligible persons/families to the appropriate Neighborhood Place. Also provides referrals to other emergency and social programs.
- Metro United Way
Dial 211 or 877-566-4968
Offers general information and referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Utility Bill Assistance Programs
The following programs in the community can assist income-eligible customers who need help paying their utility bills during times of need.
- Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
LIHEAP is a federally funded program to assist low-income households by offering seasonal financial assistance to prevent disconnection of utility service. LIHEAP Subsidy will operate beginning November 1. Crisis assistance will be available until funds run out for people facing disconnection of utilities; co-payment may be required for those who apply.
- Financial Assistance Program
311 or 502-574-5000
Financial Assistance, a program of Louisville Metro Department of Community services, is designed to assist households that meet income and crisis criteria as defined in the policy. Assistance is provided in the basic areas of shelter and utilities to stabilize housing.
- Community Winterhelp, Inc.
This nonprofit is made up of agencies that provide emergency heating assistance from January to April for low-income households in crisis that are without heat or are in immediate danger of being without heat. Customers' donations to the program are matched by LG&E year-round so more money is available for heating assistance. Persons seeking Winterhelp financial assistance may contact the community ministries in their area by visiting louisvilleministries.org/members.php or by calling Metro United Way at 211 or 877-566-4968.
- Community Ministries
There are area ministries in Louisville that serve residents in every local zip code. Each ministry offers some form of emergency financial assistance, such as help with rent, water bills and gas and electric bills. Visit louisvilleministries.org for a map and contact information for each ministry.
Energy Efficiency Programs and Services
The following nonprofit programs and services can help improve your home's energy efficiency and help you use less energy and manage your year-round utility costs.
- LG&E's WeCare Program
800-356-5467 or lge-ku.com/wecare
WeCare (Weatherization, Conservation, Advice and Recycling Energy), helps income-eligible customers save through energy education and weatherization. Customers must meet LIHEAP income requirements, must have lived in their home with 9 months of continuous service and the home must have not received WeCare services or an On-Site Home Energy Analysis in the last three years.
- Project Warm
502-636-WARM (9276) or projectwarm.org
Project Warm is a non-profit organization that provides free, year-round weatherization repairs and energy management education to income-eligible homeowners and renters, including the elderly and those with disability. Income eligibility is based on Federal Poverty Guidelines and determined at the time of application.
- New Directions Housing Corporation (NDHC)
Financial assistance is available to low-income residents of Louisville Metro to make energy conservations improvements to their homes whether they rent or own. Eligibility is based on Federal Poverty Guidelines.