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:
2017-2018 Income Guidelines
|Household Size||Annual Income||3 month Max. Guidelines||Household Size||Annual Income||3 month Max. Guidelines|
|If you sign an application in this month:||Send proof of income for the months of:|
|August 2017||May, June, July 2017|
|September 2017||June, July, August 2017|
|October 2017||July, August, September 2017|
|November 2017||August, September, October 2017|
|December 2017||September, October, November 2017|
|January 2018||October, November, December 2017|
|February 2018||November, December 2017, January 2018|
|March 2018||December 2017, January, February 2018|
|April 2018||January, February, March 2018|
|May 2018||February, March, April 2018|
- 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: http://mn.gov/commerce/
- 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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org
- For other Energy Related Referrals and Resources click here
- To learn more about the Emergency Heating Repair and Replacement Program (ERR) click here
REFERRALS AND RESOURCES:
|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|
|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:
- 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.
- Cooking: Use microwave ovens, toasters or crock pots to warm leftovers. You will use less energy than cooking with a conventional over and keep your kitchen cooler in warmer temperatures. Keep the over 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 over door.
- 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. Your freezer should be set at 0-5 degrees.
- 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!)
- 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. Use opaque or light colored lamp shades to allow more light in a room from less wattage bulbs.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use curtains: Closing curtains during hot days will keep unwanted heat out.
- Turn Up The Thermostat: The rule of thumb 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 people down.