|State Expects to Help 205,000 Households This Heating Season|
|Madison, Wis. –The Wisconsin Department of Administration reminds residents that energy assistance benefits are available through the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) from October 1, 2021 until May 15, 2022. The State estimates that 205,000 households will receive assistance in paying their energy bills this season. This heating season, the average heating benefit is expected to be $388. The average electric benefit is expected to be $195.
Eligibility is based on household income, household size, and the home’s energy costs. Residents may be eligible if the gross household income is 60% of the state median income level or less. WHEAP pays benefits directly to fuel suppliers to offset home energy costs. Crisis assistance, emergency energy assistance, and emergency furnace repair and replacement for eligible homeowners may also be offered based on household need.
Income Guidelines for 2021-2022 Program Year
Residents can apply for energy assistance through county social/human service offices, Tribal governments, and private non-profit agencies, online at https://energybenefit.wi.gov/, or by phone at 1-800-506-5596.
Call toll-free 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947) for the local agency in your area.
More information about the Home Energy Plus program is available at homeenergyplus.wi.gov.