Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program

Households with low-to-moderate income may be eligible for assistance from the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) for the heating season (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30).

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, eligibility requirements have been updated to one-month household income verification. Funds are limited, so apply early.

You may apply online or call your county office phone number listed below.


Energy Services, Inc. (ESI) can provide energy assistance/public benefits and information: 

  • The amount depends on household size, income level and household heating and/or electric costs. 
  • Benefits are paid directly to the utility or fuel supplier. 
  • The utility or fuel supplier then credits the amount to your account. 
  • You will receive notification of the benefit amount. 
  • Counseling for energy conservation and budgeting for energy costs. 
  • Emergency furnace repair and replacement for homeowners. 
  • Community resources referrals. 

To be eligible for assistance

  • Your household must pay heating costs directly to a fuel or utility company or heating costs are included in the rent.
  • Your gross income is less than the amount shown below for your household size:
2021–2022 Guidelines
(10/01/2021 through 9/30/2022)
Household Size One Month Annual Income
1 $2,591.92 $31,103
2 $3,389.42 $40,673
3 $4,186.92 $50,243
4 $4,984.42 $59,813
5 $5,781.92 $69,383
6 $6,579.42 $78,953
7 $6,729.00 $80,748
8 $6,878.50 $82,542

Applicants must provide

  • Verification of household income (wages, child support, unemployment benefits, etc.) for the one-month period prior to the month of your appointment.
  • Household's receiving Social Security or SSI should bring a letter from the Social Security office with information of your benefits.
  • Verification of any interest/dividend income received for the previous 12 months by providing tax forms or Form 1099.
  • Social Security cards and birth dates for all members of the household.
  • If your rent includes heat, bring your lease.

For information or to apply for energy assistance, call or write the office in your county. If you have a disability, please call your county office to discuss options.

County offices

These are county offices in MGE's service area:

Columbia County (608) 742-4088
242 W. Cook St.
Portage, WI 53901

Crawford County (608) 326-0248
225 N. Beaumont Road, Suite 326
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Dane County (608) 333-0333
1225 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715

Iowa County (608) 930-9801
303 W. Chapel St., Suite 2300
Dodgeville, WI 53533

Juneau County (608) 847-5988
534B LaCrosse St.
Mauston, WI 53948

Monroe County (608) 487-9356
606 Cap St.
Sparta, WI 54656

Sauk County (608) 356-8887
916 8th Ave.
Baraboo, WI 53913

Vernon County (608) 637-5210
318 Fairlane Dr., Suite 100
Viroqua, WI 54665

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