As winter and colder temperatures approach, Minnesota Energy Resources reminds customers to check their eligibility for heating assistance through the state Energy Assistance Program (EAP).
The EAP, administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, provides assistance to help customers with energy costs such as natural gas bills or emergency repair or replacement of faulty heating systems. Eligibility is determined by household income level, and customers do not need to be behind in paying their natural gas bill to receive assistance.
To receive an EAP grant, a customer must:
• Complete an application form.
• Provide documentation of income received by each household member for the past three months.
• Provide a copy of the household’s most recent natural gas and electric bills.
Customers can request an application form by contacting their local EAP provider. A complete list of the state’s 31 EAP providers can be found on the Minnesota Department of Commerce website or by calling (800) 657-3710. Information submitted on an application form also is used to determine a customer’s eligibility for the state Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP).
More details about the EAP can be found on the Minnesota Energy Resources website at www.minnesotaenergyresources.com/home/lieap.aspx.