Its that time of year again: cold weather is coming soon and so are heating bills. Are you struggling to keep up with your energy bills or expect to be? Homeowners and renters who meet income guidelines can apply for energy assistance.
Energy Assistance is a grant that is paid directly to your energy providers to help cover your heating and electricity bills. Energy Assistance Programs are organized by county or Native American tribal government. Click here to find your local provider or call 1-800-657-3710. You can download an application or request that your local providers mail you an application.
Applications are being accepted now through May 31, 2019 for the 2018-2019 heating season. Agencies will begin their application review process at the beginning of October. Funding is provided annually and can run out, so it is better to submit your application sooner than later.
If you qualify for Energy Assistance, you may also be able to receive Weatherization Assistance. Weatherization Assistance, also available to both renters and homeowners, includes a free home energy assessment. Based on the recommendations from the energy assessment, the program may also provide insulation, air sealing, and other upgrades to make your home more efficient and reduce your energy costs long-term.
The same agencies that administer the Energy Assistance program also administer the Weatherization Program and can assist with the application. As with the Energy Assistance program, funding is limited, so inquire with your local provider early in the season.
Free Bill Consultations
CUB is also here to help with free bill consultations for anyone in Minnesota, regardless of income. For those struggling with their bills, this is a easy way to learn how to bring your energy usage down and save money. Here is a link to an earlier blog about what what to expect from a bill consultation. Check out our events to see if there is a bill clinic scheduled in your area or schedule a private phone session by calling 651-300-4701 ext. 2 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.