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State programs help with energy bills

As temperatures start to drop in the Northland, Douglas County residents can get help with paying their energy bills through the Wisconsin Home Energy Plus Program.

Home Energy Plus includes the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program and Weatherization Assistance Program. The home energy program provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs and energy crisis situations. Weatherization helps renters and homeowners reduce their energy consumption.

Home energy assistance is a one-time payment during the heating season, which runs from Oct. 1 to May 15. The funding pays a portion of the heating costs, but the payment is not intended to cover the entire energy costs of a residence.

Whether you use wood, wood pellets, propane, natural gas, electricity or fuel oil to heat your home, if you qualify, energy assistance is available. Your household may also be eligible to receive a payment for non-heating electric energy costs through funding provided by Wisconsin's Public Benefits Program.

The home energy emergency heating system assistance can provide services to eligible homeowners if the furnace or boiler stops operating. Heating system assistance includes payment for repairs. In some situations, your residence may qualify for a total replacement of a non-operating system.

Call your local home energy agency immediately if you are experiencing a no-heat situation.

The Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for the 2018 Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program. Douglas County residents may pick up applications at the Health & Human Services office, 1316 N. 14th St., Suite 400, or call (715) 395-1651 to have an application mailed. Applications and program information are also available on the Wisconsin Home Energy Plus website at