Funds available for qualifying residents to help with energy bills

For residents who need assistance paying their gas or electric bill, or even making their home more energy efficient, help might be a phone call or a mouse click away. The City of Minneapolis is helping spread the word that federal aid is available to income-qualifying households. Community Action of Minneapolis is accepting applications for energy assistance. Funding is limited and available first-come, first-served.

Help paying your bills
Low-income homeowners or renters who meet the eligibility requirements can have their grant money paid directly to the utility company.

Make energy efficiency improvements
Homeowners and renters who qualify for energy assistance may also be eligible for weatherization, which provides $6,500 worth of energy saving improvements to a home free of charge. Those who qualify for weatherization will receive an energy audit that will assess their home, furnace and electric usage. Based on this audit, energy saving solutions are recommended, and on average, customers save 26 percent in energy costs following weatherization. Funding for this program comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Community Action of Minneapolis uses a household’s past three months of income to determine eligibility.

For more information including detailed income guidelines, call 612-335-5837 or visit www.campls.org.

Published Feb. 10, 2011