Help for Under-Resourced Households

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Help for Under-Resourced Households

Many residents in our area are challenged by energy costs that take up a large portion of their household budget. There are resources available to help make these costs more manageable. Some help to reduce the energy needed to be safe and comfortable at home; others help when people need some assistance getting their energy bills paid.

Apply for Dakota County’s Energy Assistance Program

Community Action Partnership of Scott, Carver and Dakota Counties helps eligible households maintain affordable, continuous and safe home energy. Services include bill payment assistance, home energy crisis intervention, outreach, energy advocacy, information about utility consumer rights, and referrals. Homeowners and renters are eligible, and must be at or below 50% of state median income.  

Contact Community Action Partnership to see if you are eligible. Visit or call (651) 322-3500. 

For Xcel Energy or CenterPoint Energy customers:

If your income qualifies, you can use these free services to save money and energy. We recognize that energy costs can add stress to your household budget. That's why we've teamed up with our program service providers, Home Energy Squad®, and Energy CENTS Coalition  to help. The program is customized for your home, and with this program, you could receive:

  • Savings on your energy bills

  • Free advice from an energy expert

  • Free energy-saving improvements

  • Replacement of older appliances with newer models

There are income requirements for eligibility, and they vary based on how many people live in your household. Call Home Energy Squad at 651-328-6220 or Energy CENTS Coalition at 651-774-9010 for details.