There are a number of financial assistance programs available to tenants who need help with rent payments. But did you know there are also programs available for other monthly bills as well? Xcel Energy offers several resources to low-income households that help cover the cost of their electric and gas bills each month.
The POWER ON and Gas Affordability Programs offers discounts to customers based on household income and how much energy you use. If you have a past due bill with Xcel Energy, POWER On and GAP will help with a monthly credit toward your past due bill too.
To qualify, customers must first receive a grant from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the current heating season. For more information about the Energy Assistance Program and to find the service provider for your area, click here.
Here’s how the POWER On & Gas Affordability program works:
Based on your household income, you will be required to pay a set amount each month for your electricity and/or natural gas service.
Each time you make your payment by your due date, Xcel Energy will apply your POWER On/GAP discount to your bill.
To participate in the POWER On & Gas Affordability program, certain program rules apply:
You must pay your monthly Xcel Energy bill on time. If you fall behind on your payments, you will be removed from the program and ineligible to reapply until the next calendar year. You may be subject to service disconnection, as well.
You must receive Energy Assistance program funds for the current heating season.
To apply for the program, you must submit an application to the Energy CENTS Coalition. Click Here to download the application, or call their office at 651-774-9010 to have an application mailed to you.
If you would like to complete the application online, click here. Applications are processed on a first come first served basis, and funding is limited.