ST. PAUL, MINN. – Snow has already started to fall in many parts of Northern Minnesota and that means heating costs will begin to rise. Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) would like to remind all Iron Rangers about the Cold Weather Rule which protects residential utility customers from having their heat shut off in the winter. To help prevent getting left in the cold, customers must contact their utility to establish and maintain a monthly payment plan.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households or families earning less than 50 percent of the state’s median income. The program is available to renters and homeowners, and is based on household size, income, fuel type and energy usage. The services offered can include payment of energy bills, help with utility disconnections, repair or replacement of a homeowner’s malfunctioning heating systems and more.
“The Cold Weather Rule and the EAP offers a safety net for some of the most vulnerable Minnesotans during our frigid winters. These programs ensure that households in need can remain warm and safe throughout the winter months,” Senator Tomassoni said.
To find more information about the Cold Weather Rule visit puc.state.mn.us/PUC/consumers/shut-off-protection. The Cold Weather Rule began on October 15 and will run through April 15, 2014.
To sign up for heating assistance visit mn.gov/commerce/energy/topics/financial or call 1-800-657-3710. The website also offers eligibility guidelines and local EAP provider information.