The Energy Assistance Benefit

Large families with low incomes and high heating costs tend to benefit the most from Minnesota's Energy Assistance Program.

The amount of assistance your family gets depends on four things:

  1. Your income
  2. Your family size
  3. Your heating costs
  4. The type of heating fuel you use

The average amount a family on Energy Assistance saves is $500 a year.

Services
In addition to helping pay for your heating bills, the Energy Assistance Program can also:

  • Provide information on how to heat your home more efficiently and safely
  • Provide information on what to do if your heating gets turned off, and
  • Help with emergency repairs

Energy Assistance Providers

Each county works with an organization that provides Energy Assistance services. This organization might be a:

  • Community Action Agency
  • County Department of Human Services
  • Non-profit Agency
  • Tribe

You can find your local Energy Assistance provider on the Department of Commerce website.

Weatherization Assistance Program

Some households can also get help decreasing energy costs. This is called the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The Minnesota Department of Commerce has more information on the WAP.

The Weatherization Assistance Program helps:
  • Figure out how much energy your home uses
  • Educate you on ways to save energy
  • Add insulation to your home, and
  • Test and repair equipment

Rules for Families with People with Disabilities

Not all households get help from the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Households that have a member with a disability get higher priority for WAP services.