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Wisconsin Energy Assistance

Who's Eligible

You may qualify for assistance if your gross income for the last three months is less than the amount shown below for your family size.

Household Size Previous 3 Month's Income
1 $6,544.00
2 $8,557.00
3 $10,571.00
4 $12,584.00
5 $14,597.00
6 $16,611.00
7 $16,988.00
8 $17,366.00

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The state of Wisconsin has announced changes in income guidelines for the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP), making it possible for more people to qualify for help paying their energy bills.

For limited-income families in Wisconsin, that means being allowed to claim as much as 35% more income, without jeopardizing the chance to qualify for assistance. If you are having trouble paying your bills, contact Manitowoc Public Utilities at 920-683-4600.

A few notes about WHEAP energy assistance:

  • It's a one-time yearly benefit payment
  • Benefits are normally available between October 1 and May 15
  • You do not have to pay the money back
  • It is not intended to cover the entire cost of heating your home
  • Your heating assistance benefit may be sent directly to your fuel supplier

Other WHEAP assistance programs:

  • Electric Assistance (Non-Heating) helps eligible households pay a portion of non-heating electric energy costs.
  • Crisis Assistance provides assistance to households that have no heat, received a disconnect notice from their heating fuel dealer, or are nearly out of heating fuel and do not have any way to pay for their heating needs. Proactive non-emergency assistance is also available through the entire year to avoid future emergencies.

Winter Weatherization Program

In these difficult economic times, improving your home's energy efficiency can make a big difference. If you meet WHEAP income eligibility guidelines, you may also qualify for assistance in caulking, weather-stripping and insulation. For more information, contact the Manitowoc Dept. of Human Services at 920-683-2888.

Focus on Energy Programs

Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed, or to complete projects sooner than scheduled. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control the state's growing demand for electricity.