Help Paying Utilities




Find ways to get assistance and help paying utility bills in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides help paying bills and funds for any type of emergency crisis to households that would otherwise be without heat.

Xcel Energy
Provides a 50 percent discount to lower income customers on their first 300 kilowatt hours of electricity consumed every month. The average benefit provided is $108 per household.

Minnesota Energy Resources that help with heating bills
Households may be eligible for several weatherization measures such as caulking, insulation, weatherstripping and storm doors and windows. For further information or to enroll in the program, please contact the community action agency in your area.
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Council (Virginia) 800-662-5711
Bi-County Community Action ( Bemidji ) 800-332-7161
Dakota County Community Development Agency 651-675-4400
Inter-County Community Action Council (Oklee) 218-796-5144
Kooch-Itasca Action Council ( Grand Rapids ) 800-422-0312
Lakes & Pines CAA (Mora) 800-832-6082
Mahube Community Council ( Detroit Lakes ) 218-847-1385
Minnesota Valley Action Council ( Mankato ) 800-767-7139
Northwest Community Action Agency (Badger) 800-568-5319
Ottertail-Wadena CAC ( New York Mills) 800-450-2900
Prairie Five Community Action Council ( Montevideo ) 800-292-5437
SEMCAC (Rushford) 800-944-3281
Scott Carver Dakota CAP (Shakopee) 952-496-2125
Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council ( Worthington ) 800-658-2444
Three Rivers Community Action (Zumbrota) 800-277-8418
Tri-Valley Opportunity Council (Crookston) 218-281-5832
Western Community Action ( Marshall )

CenterPoint Energy
Gas Affordability Program
Those in need of help may receive a credit on their current natural gas bills, and then receive a fixed monthly bill amount for the remaining months. The details of the program are that CenterPoint Energy will credit the customers account for current gas charges that are more than than 6 percent of a customer’s annual household income. And then, the flat amount that is billed for current natural gas charges will not exceed 6 percent of a customer’s annual household income. The program also provides a credit to help pay past unpaid heating and utility bills. If a customer pays a portion of an unpaid bill, CenterPoint will provide a credit. Learn more on how to get help from CenterPoint Energy.






Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
LIHEAP grants and funds are provided to Minnesota from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the funds are distributed to state residents by 37 local service providers and charities located throughout the state. More.

This is a last resort assistance program that is administered by The Salvation Army and funded through customer contributions to Minnesota utilities. This program provides money for help paying oil, natural gas, propane, wood, and electricity bills, and to also provide help with emergency furnace repairs. Residents who are elderly as well as persons with disabilities are given special consideration. Total grants provided are limited to $300 during any 12 month period.

Great Plains Natural Gas
Great Plains offers a low-income weatherization program to help low income customers save on bills.

Otter Tail Power Company
House Therapy Program
This is an assistance program for customers who have a high utility bill and that also have high-energy use. Participants in this program will receive an energy analysis and, as warranted, installation of energy conservation improvements including insulation and weather-stripping.

Minnesota Power
Customers of all income levels can save money on their utility bills. The company offers several tips and suggestions, as well as rebates, that can be used for savings. Click here.

Reach Out for Warmth (ROFW)
This program, which is offered year-round, will help people in need with emergency energy assistance and furnace repair. Read more on the program.




Agralite Electric Cooperative, Benco Electric Cooperative, Kandiyohi Power Cooperative, Minnesota Valley Cooperative, Light and Power Association, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association
Operation Round Up
Customer donations will help households who are experiencing a crisis. Funds and grants paid out will help those in need with food, clothing, utility bills, shelter, health care, heating bills, and other community services.


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