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Get help in South Dakota with paying electric, utility, and heating bills


Get assistance and help with bills in all cities, including Sioux Falls.

Energy Assistance in South Dakota helps lower income residents pay for their home heating costs and help with utility bills. Note that the energy assistance may not pay for your entire home heating bill.

Funds are distributed on a first-come basis. Assistance provided depends on the income of everyone in your home, the number of people in your home, the cost and type of heating you use, and where you live. If you are eligible for help, the payment is made directly to your energy supplier.

Emergency Aid :

-Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) can help with your utility bills. To qualify for this program, the household must meet income standards and be in a crisis. As an example.

  • be cash-on-delivery for heating supply, or refusal to deliver with less than 20% in tank
  • have a current disconnection notice for their main source of heat
  • have an eviction notice for nonpayment of a heating bill if your heat is included in rent or paid in addition to rent

-Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) furnace repair. The maximum paid may not be more than $200 per heating season. Any repair costs exceeding $200 will be the responsibility of the household to pay. To qualify for any ECIP program furnace repair, the household must be eligible for fuel assistance and also:

  • have a furnace that is not working properly and they have received approval from the state prior to any repair work being performed on the furnace.
  • have a furnace that has quit working. You must also receive approval before the work is done.


The South Dakota Weatherization Assistance Program - It is designed to help lower income South Dakota households overcome the escalating cost of energy by ensuring their homes are more energy efficient.

Assistance provided can include :

  • Weather-stripping of windows and doors
  • Sealing and caulking of holes and cracks in a building structure
  • Insulating walls, attics, under floors
  • Installing windows and/or glass
  • Replacement, repair, and tune-up of nonfunctional heating systems



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