Beginning November 1st, low-income households can get help paying heating or electric bills.
Call 2-1-1 or contact local agencies for assistance information.
Medical Emergency Protection
Unmet needs for energy assistance are historically high in the State of Michigan. Winter heating bills can certainly impact the household budget if the members of the home aren't conscious of their energy usage. On this page you will find suggestions for saving energy, links to informational Consumer Tips, and a wide range of other helpful consumer resources. We all need to "Be WinterWise" of natural gas, propane, and heating oil prices.
Low income customers may be eligible for other assistance through the Michigan Energy Assistance Program. Seventy percent of MEAP funds must be expended during the crisis season but additional funding may be available after May 31st. Customers should contact 2-1-1 or their utility to see what programs are available in their area
Investigate the following tips to ensure a warm and cozy winter.
Shut-Off Protection - Senior citizens, low-income customers, and military personnel may qualify for shut-off protection through various programs. Contact your utility company.
Plan Ahead - Many utility companies have Budget Billing Plans that can spread out your peak winter heating bills, allowing for a more affordable monthly bill during the heating season. Contact your utility company to find out if they offer Budget Billing.
Use Energy Wisely - Reduce your energy use. More information on ways to conserve can be found by following the "Energy Savers" link below. Many utility providers also have programs to help make your home more energy efficient, so your energy bills will be lower. Contact your utility provider to ask about these programs.
Request Assistance - Qualifying seniors and low-income customers may be eligible for financial assistance.
The goal of the new assistance programs is to move customers to self-sufficiency. Therefore, customers no longer need a shut-off notice or MDHHS denial to qualify for assistance.
If you're behind on your energy bill, you can apply for help in paying off your past-due balance starting Nov.1st if your income is below 150% of the poverty level.
Call 2-1-1 or click on www.mi211.org/ to learn about agencies in your county that may assist with your energy bill.
Be Helpful - Share this information with family and friends! If you are able, help your neighbors and donate to organizations that provide energy assistance.
Low-income households can receive free caulking, weather stripping, insulation, etc.
Full-time active military duty customers, or their spouses, may receive utility shut-off protection.
Low-income customers can receive assistance with buying fuel oil, wood, or propane depending on available funding. Call 2-1-1 for more information.
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