Newtown Social Services will begin accepting applications for next winter’s Energy Assistance Program today. The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program is designed to help offset the winter heating costs of Connecticut’s lower income households, specifically those whose income falls at or below 60 percent of the state median income. The amount of heat assistance may not be sufficient to cover a household’s entire winter heating cost. Homeowners and renters may apply. Eligible households may also receive weatherization assistance to help conserve energy and lower heating bills.