The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program provides emergency fuel assistance, counseling, repair and more to households within certain income limits. To find your local agency, you can call 866-HEATWIS.
You can learn more about the program here in English, Español and Hmoob.
How do I know if I’m eligible for energy assistance?
To be eligible for energy assistance, you must have an annual household income before taxes lower than 60% of the state’s median income.
You can only receive assistance once per year between Oct. 1 through May 15.
You can check your eligibility online or via phone at 866-432-8947.
How do I apply?
You can apply for the program online. The application requires:
- A valid email or phone number
- Social Security Number
- Proof of citizenship or lawful immigration status
- Proof of residency in Wisconsin
- Heating or electric costs
- Incom verification
- If you rent, the rental agreement or name, address and phone number of the landlord
If you prefer to fill out a paper application, you can click any of the following applications and print them out:
Other organizations that help with energy bills
In Milwaukee, you can schedule an appointment with Milwaukee County’s Department of Health and Human Services’ Energy Assistance Program at 414-270-4MKE or online.
Community organizations such as Community Advocates offer help navigating energy assistance. You can also call 211 for assistance, including on evenings, weekends and holidays.
If you meet certain income guidelines but are otherwise inligible for the state program, the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund is a statewide nonprofit that assists families with energy, water and rental bills. You can reach them at 1-800-891-WARM (9276) or apply online.
If you meet certain income guidelines but are otherwise inligible for the state program, Heat for Heroes provides veterans assistance with electric bills and furnace repair, as well as water and rental bills. You can reach them at 1-800-891-9276 or through the online webform.
Focus on Energy helps Wisconsin homeowners and renters make energy efficiency improvements. You can call 1-800-762-7077 or visit their website for free products and items.
Contact info for utility providers
How to file a complaint
If you are behind on energy bills and unable to set up a payment plan with your utility provider, you can file a complaint with the Public Service Commission. You can contact them via phone at 800-842-4565 or fill out a complaint online.
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