Free Appliances Available for Those Who Qualify

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With winter on its way, I thought it was a good time to share information about how to get free appliances. Ok, not everyone will be able to benefit from this, as not everyone will qualify.

There is a government assistance program known as LIHEAP, short for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This long-standing government program helps low-income and disabled citizens stay safe and healthy through initiatives that assist individuals and families with energy costs.

A Little Background on LIHEAP

The LIHEAP program was initially started in 1980 as LIEAP to answer concerns about the rising energy costs of the 1970’s. The program is run today by the Department of Health and Human Services, and provides energy assistance to low-income and disabled families According to the HHS website, the LIHEAP Program is available in all 50 states and more, and abides by the following guidelines:

Who is Eligible for Free Appliances?

 All 50 States, the District of Columbia, 5 territories, and about 153 tribes and tribal organizations receive LIHEAP grants each year.  State and federally recognized tribes (including Alaska native villages) may apply for direct LIHEAP funding.

Target Population

The federal income eligibility range within which grantees may provide assistance is based on a household’s income and must not exceed the greater of 150 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) or 60 percent of the State median income.  Grantees may not set income eligibility standards below 110 percent of FPL.

Program Benefits

Among the benefits of the energy assistance program eligible participants can receive include:

  • help with payment of heating or cooling bills
  • home weatherization
  • energy related home repairs such as insulating water heaters
  • replacement of certain energy draining appliances such as refrigerators

If your income level meets the program guidelines that can be found here, and you need help with energy-related costs, it may be worth checking out the amount of available LIHEAP funds in your area.

Below is the contact information for program directors in all 50 states, DC, the 5 territories and 150+ tribal communities in which the program is available.

For more information on the program, click here. 

For direct contact information for each state, territory and tribal community that participates in the LIHEAP program, click here. 

Ways to Minimize Energy Costs During the Winter Season

Even if you don’t qualify for energy assistance, there are ways to be proactive in managing your budget so that you can more comfortably pay your energy and other bills during the winter season and all year around.

Here are some tips for stretching your dollar to go further:

Create a Realistic Budget

The Well Kept Wallet has created several forms – including a starter budget worksheet – that you can access here that will help you to create a budget that works for your specific income and expense situation.

You can also use one of our favorite online budget tools, Personal Capital. Living within your means by way of a realistic working budget will help ensure you have the money to pay your bills when they come due.

Make a List of Your Financial Priorities and Goals

When you’re unaware of what you’re spending your money on, it’s easy to find your cash sneaking out the door on little, seemingly inconsequential expenditures.

By making a list of your financial priorities and goals, you’ll better be able to stick with the budget you’ve created and avoid unnecessary or wasteful spending.

Track Your Spending

This life-changing money management tip is what has made the difference for our family in terms of financial success and failure.

When we started to write down every dime we spent, we had a big picture assessment of where our money went each month, and we had the information we needed to find  and stop budget leaks in our spending that were not in line with our true financial priorities.

Conduct Weekly or Monthly Financial Check-Ins

Another way to ensure your money stretches through the end of your month is to conduct regular check-ins of your financial situation to be sure you’re staying on track with your weekly goals and spending and to make adjustments as necessary.

By staying on top of spending and budgeting, you can be sure that the financial plan you’ve put in place is working.

Look for Ways to Earn Extra Cash

There are dozens of ways to earn extra money to help ensure you have enough money to pay the bills and live comfortably. For doable ways to bring in more money, check out these Well Kept Wallet posts:

Work to Pay off Debt

Another way to create a more secure financial situation is to work to pay off any debt you may have. Well Kept Wallet has a number of resources on ways to pay off debt no matter what your current situation is.

To read our articles on paying off debt, as well as get some encouragement by reading our many Debt Payoff Success Stories, you can access our “Tackle Debt” information by clicking here.

We hope this information helps you save money when it comes to your appliances, even if you do not qualify for free appliances. For budget help and more tips on how to budget well and make your money stretch further, including our recommended forms for budgeting and financial planning, you can click here. 


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42 COMMENTS

42 responses to “Free Appliances Available for Those Who Qualify”

  1. Bonnie Beamon says:

    I’m looking for a free working refrigerator in the Toledo area please.

    • Deacon Hayes says:

      Maybe you could check craigslist in your area. Many times when people upgrade appliances they will give their old stuff away for free so that they don’t have to hassle with it.

  2. Pamela says:

    I’m disabled so I don’t have a refrigerator or dryer and as of yet I haven’t found any help though this program in Alabama. It said nothing of help with appliances.

    • Deacon Hayes says:

      LIHEAP is a federally funded program, so it is not state specific. The best bet is to contact them directly and let them know about your particular situation.

  3. Latavia Fuller says:

    I’m looking for a free refrigerator and a queen and box spring set, please. I really need it. My apartment flooded and I’m in need of this free stuff. May God bless you.

  4. Cheryl Moore says:

    My husband is a disabled veteran and is on disability due to heart attacks and heart disease. Our water heater burst and our landlord is refusing to replace it. We need help!

  5. Nai says:

    I need a laptop, please. I have 3 young children who are in school and most of the time their homework is required to be done online. But, I have no laptop or computer for them to use.

    • Rachel says:

      Many public schools now have programs that offer laptops to students in middle school. You should speak to the principal and see whether your children’s schools offer them. they usually give them out at the beginning of the school semester and they must be returned in June. But it’s better than not having one at all. Check it out!

      • Deacon says:

        Some community buy/sell Facebook and websites have free sections too. So does Craigslist. All of these ideas are worth checking out. Thanks for your comments, Rachel!

  6. Dondren Wilson says:

    I am a single man with 3 small children all under the age of 7. I suffer from scksoaffective disorder. I receive a disability check, but it barley covers the bills. I need a washer and dryer.

  7. Melissa Peptis says:

    I’m looking for a free refrigerator. I am going thru breast cancer and can’t work. I’m waiting on disability and I still have a 3 yr old son. I’m having to move and have no refrigerator. I’m needing help with anything else anyone can provide. I’m trying to turn my electric on, etc. I have surgery Sept 14 and I’m just really struggling with everything. God Bless everyone. Thank you.

  8. Michael Sparks says:

    My refrigerator has gone out and I can’t afford to buy one. I’m on a fixed income.

  9. Joyce Appleton Metcalf says:

    Hi,
    I’m in need of a refrigerator and I have been looking on the internet since I had to put it out – it was making my food spoiled. So, if anyone can help me…I’ve been trying…It’s for my son. I do appreciate it so much.
    Joyce

  10. Bonnie Harris says:

    I am in need of a refrigerator. I had an heart attack in September. I can’t afford to get one. I’m on medication that has to be refrigerated. Please help me.

  11. Dawn says:

    I hope it’s not too late. I need an electric washer and a refrigerator. My refrigerator has been leaking for the last year. I pour out 1/2 gallon of water everyday and I had to pull the crisper drawers out to put down towels. My washer broke for 4 weeks ago. I’m on disability and get $782 per month for me and my husband. He can’t work because he had his toes amputated. If there’s any help out there, please help. I don’t need brand new stuff, I just need them working. Thank you and God bless. I hope we all get some kind of help.

  12. Doris Wooley says:

    I need a dryer. I’m on social security. Mine went out. I don’t know how to fix it. Please help. I’m raising my 16 year old granddaughter. Thanks. God bless.

  13. Hadary says:

    I’m in desperate need of a stove and fridge for me and my son. I am on disability and have a 14 year old son. I’m also a single mom.

  14. Sharon keeney says:

    I’m on a fixed income and disabled and have a 15 year old daughter. We can’t afford a refrigerator and ours is not working properly. It just went bad.

  15. Michelle says:

    Hi, my name is Michelle, and I work for a Medicaid program in Flint Michigan. I know a single mom with 4 children all under the age of 6. They are in desperate need of a washer and dryer. Do you have any suggestions?

  16. Valerie Robinson says:

    I’m looking for a new, free, heavy duty washer and dryer for my family. My husband and I are raising 5 grandchildren ages 17, 14, 12, 10 and 2. We are living in a 3 bedroom home that is really crowded at this time. Our washer and dryer is very old and always needs repairing.

  17. Jennie GArcia says:

    I need a washer and dryer and a fridge. I watercolor and I am disabled. I live with my daughter add her 2 babies and we are barely making it. We could use the help. Thank you. Anna Hi Senate

  18. Mary says:

    My husband and I were recently married and we’re living in our RV on a piece of land. We are looking at a washing machine. Our water quit, and we’ve spent all he’s made on buying everything new to fix our well and just can’t afford one. I’ve been all through Craigslist but they are so far away and our truck is broke down with no breaks. We just can’t seen to get a break. We’re do I turn for just a little help? Thank you for your time and may God bless you all.

  19. Sofia Guzman says:

    Hi, I’m sending this for my daughter, who has a learning disability, and two sons who are in high school. One of them has Autism, ADHD, is bipolar, and also has a learning disability. My daughter is having to move out really soon because the owner wants to sell the house. She found a place, although she doesn’t have a refrigerator, stove, or a washer and dryer. She does not have the money to buy any of these items. Anything would be greatly appreciated.

  20. Suzanne Neimeyer says:

    I have multiple sclerosis. I just moved into my new apartment and I am in desperate need of a washer. The apartment came with a dryer. I also need a microwave and a Keurig machine. I had everything stolen from me and I am trying to start over again. I also lost all of my clothes as well. Please help me as much as you can.

  21. Stephan Hayes says:

    I am in need of a refrigerator and a gas stove.

    • Deacon says:

      Then this post is for you! Check out the links in the article to see if you qualify for help with the items you need. Good luck!

  22. Lisa brunner says:

    Please help. We have 4 in our family. We have no money. Can you help us get a refrigerator?

    • Deacon says:

      Check out the links in this post to see if you can get the help you need. Hopefully you will have a refrigerator with cold food in it soon!

  23. Tina Thomas says:

    My husband is disabled and has had a leg amputation. He just had a toe on the other foot amputated and it’s very difficult for us to get in and out to go to a laundromat because we just had a car accident resulting in a total loss of our only car. The washer and dryer we had recently broke. We are in desperate need of a washer and dryer of any type. We live in the pass Christian Mississippi area. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Deacon says:

      Hopefully this post will help you out, then. Try the links in the post to see if you qualify for assistance to get free appliances. I wish you luck.

  24. Ivana fourie says:

    I’m a mother of 2 and my daughter has heart problems. I’m unemployed. I go day to day begging for food and things for my family. We are in need of a fridge and a washing machine. Please help!

    • Deacon says:

      This post was written with you in mind. Follow the links in the post to see if you qualify for assistance because it sounds like you might. I wish you luck. 🙂

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