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Stay Warm Minnesotan’s

21 October 2013

32aWith cold temps come higher utility bills. Thanks to Minnesota law, utilities offer several assistance programs to help keep Minnesota families warm all winter no matter their financial situation. If you or someone you know has trouble paying their heating bill, please use these great programs to ensure everyone can stay warm throughout winter.

The Cold Weather Rule (CWR) is around to help families whose budget cannot support high heating bills. The Cold Weather Rule protects residents from having their heat shut off due to a failure to pay from October 15th through April 15th. To sign up you must contact your utility and establish a monthly payment plan.

CenterPoint Energy’s CWR page

Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps qualified customers by giving them money to help pay their heating bill. This program is available to both renters and homeowners. Funding is limited so applicants should sign up ASAP.

Weatherization Assistance Program helps make homes more energy efficient, permanently reducing the home’s energy bills. Weatherization project assistance can range from participation education to heating system testing to wall insulation.

Low Interest Energy Financing is offered by CEE. CEE provides low interest financing for energy improvements for homeowners in Minnesota. As a nontraditional lender, CEE provides competitive rates, technical assistance, and a wide range of financing that can be tailored to fit your budget.

Full list of programs

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