The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households.

EAP is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Grants are available for renters or homeowners, with household income at or below 50 percent of the state median income, and is based on household size, income, fuel type and energy usage.

Services may include payment of energy bills, help with utility disconnections or necessary fuel deliveries, education on efficient and safe use of home heating energy, and repair or replacement of homeowners' malfunctioning heating systems.

The average energy assistance grant in Todd County is $722 per household. Households with an income less than 50 percent of the state median income ($37,476 for a family of four) may qualify; those who qualify are served on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last. People have until May 31, 2019 when the program year ends, to apply for EAP.

EAP pays the utility company directly on behalf of eligible households. Qualifying families must apply for assistance at the local service provider in their area. If you are interested in applying for Energy Assistance, contact Todd County Health and Human Services at 320-732-4516, or toll free at 888-838-4066. If you signed up for the Cold Weather Rule through your energy provider, this protection ends on April 15, 2019.

Other forms of assistance may be available through county social service programs, community-based organizations, and nonprofit agencies. See the Minnesota Department of Commerce webpage at mn.gov/commerce for resources and energy saving tips.