Energy Assistance Program

The Energy Assistance Program provides: 

  • Direct payments to the energy supplier 
  • Crisis help for utility disconnections or emergency fuel deliveries 
  • Emergency heating system repair or replacement for homeowners 
  • Advocating with energy suppliers and other service providers on behalf of consumers 
  • Education to consumers on safe home heating and energy efficiency 
  • The Energy Assistance Program runs from October 1st and ends May 31st 

Check the Income Guidelines listed in the table below to see you are eligible: 

2019-2020 Income Guidelines

FFY2020 Maximum Energy Assistance Program Income Guidelines
Based on 50% SMI or 110%* of federal poverty guidelines, whichever is greater.


Household Size  Annual Income  3 month Max. Guidelines    Household Size  Annual Income  3 month Max. Guidelines 
1  $27,047 $6,761   11  $76,461 $19,115
2  $35,370 $8,842   12  $78,021 $19,505
3  $43,692 $10,923   13  $79,581 $19,895
4  $52,014 $13,003   14  $81,142 $20,285
5  $60,336 $15,084   15*  $82,702 $20,675
6  $68,658 $17,164   16*  $86,669 $21,667
7  $70,219 $17,554   17*  $91,531 $22,882
8  $71,779 $17,944   18*  $96,393 $24,098
9  $73,340 $18,335   19*  $101,255 $25,313
10  $74,900 $18,725   20*  $106,117 $26,529


If you sign an application in this month:  Send proof of income for the months of: 
August 2019 May, June, July 2019
September 2019 June, July, August 2019
October 2019 July, August, September 2019
November 2019 August, September, October 2019
December 2019 September, October, November 2019
January 2020 October, November, December 2019
February 2020 November, December 2018, January 2020
March 2020 December 2018, January, February 2020
April 2020 January, February, March 2020
May 2020 February, March, April 2020
  • A new application must be completed, dated and signed in order to receive Energy Assistance. 
  • A new application must be submitted for each program year (Oct. 1 to May 31st) to:  
  • KOOTASCA Energy Assistance Program
    201 NW 4th Street, Suite 130
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744 
  • Department of Commerce website address: 
  • Applications in Large Print and Spanish can be accessed at the Minnesota Department of Commerce by clicking here 
  • By Phone @ 218-999-0824 or 1-877-687-1163
  • By e-mail @


Energy Assistance Application

  • For a fillable PDF form of the Energy Assistance Application click here
  • For other Energy Related Referrals and Resources click here 
  • To learn more about the Emergency Heating Repair and Replacement Program (ERR) click here 



Organization  Phone number 
Itasca County Resource Center 218-327-2941 or 1-800-422-0312
Koochiching County Resource Center 218-283-7000 or 1-800-950-4630
Heat Share Itasca County 218-326-2694 
Heat Share Koochiching County 218-283-3394
FIRST CALL FOR HELP (211)1-800-442-8565 
Veteran’s Administration Itasca County 218-327-2858 
Veteran’s Administration Koochiching County 218-283-1179 



Organization  Phone number 
Elder Circle Itasca County 218-999-9233
Senior Linkage Line 1-800-333-2433 
Access North for Independent Living 1-800-390-3681 


Energy Conservation Tips & Tricks That Could Help YOU Cut Energy Related Costs: 

  1. Electronics:  plug electronics into a power strip then turn the strip off when not in use to save energy costs.  Invest in a “smart” power strip, which keeps important items on while shutting off others.  Unplug your battery charger when not in use – many chargers draw power continuously even when the device is not plugged into the charger.
  2. Cooking:  Use microwave or toaster or crock pot to cook or warm leftovers.  You will use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven and keep your kitchen cooler in warmer temperatures.  Keep the oven door closed while cooking – the temperature can escape (and unintentionally heat up your kitchen) by as many as 25 degrees each time you open the oven door.
  3. Refrigerators:    Unplug any home electronics not in use- a 2nd fridge can cost $100-$200 a year to run.  Buy Energy Star appliances – they are more efficient and cost less to run.  An Energy Star is 15% more efficient.    Your fridge should be kept at 36-38 degrees.  Set your freezer temp between 0-5.
  4. Laundry:  When doing a load of clothes make sure they are full loads.    Wash clothes in cold water unless very dirty.  Clean the dryer lint filter before every load to keep your dryer running efficiently.  Avoid over-drying your clothes — it wastes energy, plus causes static and wrinkling.  Hang clothes on a drying rack or outside (it’s free!).
  5. Lighting:  Keep light bulbs clean and turned off when not in use.  CFL (compact florescent lamp) bulbs use 75% less energy and last 8-10 times longer than regular bulbs and they can knock $80 off your energy bill a year.  LED (light –emitting diodes) bulbs cost more but can last 15 years.  Imagine the long term savings! Use light colored lamp shades to allow more light in a room from less wattage bulbs.
  6. Central air:  Don’t block air vents with drapes and furniture.  Give your air compressor space to work efficiently – never stack anything against your A/C or drape anything over it. The rule of thumb for A/C is that you can save about 3% on your cooling bill for every degree that you increase your thermostat full time.  To counteract the slightly warmer temps, engage ceiling fans to cool your house down.
  7. Dishwashers:  When doing a load of dishes make sure they are full loads.  If your dishwasher has an economy option, use it.  Air drying dishes saves energy and money.    
  8. Use curtains:  Closing curtains during hot days will keep unwanted heat out.