Energy Services for Waushara County may assist you with heating costs & more
There are many Waushara County residents that are struggling on fixed or limited incomes that find it difficult to keep pace with the high energy bills of the winter. Many homes also have furnaces that are faulty and have no means to repair or replace them. Energy Services for Waushara County is prepared to assist with these needs.
You do not have to be reluctant to ask for help, and just know that Energy Services is located at 220 N. Oakridge Court in Wautoma and they are committed to removing any artificial barriers to help you qualify for a Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance grant. Grant amounts and payments are determined by your energy costs, household size, income, dwelling type, etc. The approved payment is submitted directly to your utility or fuel company within a month of application.
To apply you will need 3 months of income statements, verification of your heating costs, identification docu-mentation such as your Social Security Card and photo ID. An example of the income guidelines is a household size of two with three-month income of $9,374 or if you are self employed an annual income of $37,496. The process to apply is easy and to schedule an appointment call 1-800-506-5596 or 920-787-1830. The team working at Energy Services is prepared help you in every way – you just have to make the initial contact.
Timothy Bruer, Founder and Executive Director of Wisconsin Energy Services, told the Argus Waushara County is one of the most challenging, with pride being such a barrier and the remote isolated households attempting to survive on their meager incomes. The County has some of the greatest unmet needs in Wisconsin. “To date Energy Services for Waushara County has served 1500 households in the county, a 15 percent increase over last year at this time, shortly we will have already served more households during February than we did all of last year,” Bruer said.
He also was quick to add there are still residents in Waushara County in need of assistance and wants those residents to reach out for help. “We are a Hand Up – Not a Hand Out” program and ready to assist households with the basic needs of heating their home. For those with high medical risks and/or energy costs, there are also additional resources available with the households payments to make those monthly utility costs much more affordable.
“With pride or lack of awareness of resources available we are also asking family, friends, and neighbors to come forth and let us know of a struggling household in need that you may be aware of,” Bruer added. We will work together to help gain all of the necessary information to make the process as painless as possible. We also realize with pride being a factor or if you homebound, no worries, we will make house calls by appointment, he added.
Bruer says his organization takes great pride in the fact that Waushara County has a 95 percent eligibility rate. The vast majority of recipients are the working poor with children under 6, elderly, disabled, and Veterans. He also said the fastest growing unmet need is with Veterans in Waushara County.
In addition to assisting with energy bills, Energy Services for Waushara County will help to determine if residents qualify for free home weatherization and furnace services provided by CAP Services. Upon completion of your Wisconsin Low Income Energy Assistance application, if eligible your household will be automatically considered for the services of the low-income weatherization pro-gram.
If you or someone you know needs energy assistance, don’t hesitate please call Energy Services for Waushara County today at 1-800-506-5596 or 920-787-1830 and remember it is a Hand Up – not a Hand Out.