Editor’s note: The following information was provided by Todd County Health and Human Services.

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.

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 the Todd County Energy Assistance program, contact Todd County Health and Human Services at 320-732-4516, or toll free at 888-838-4066.

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.