Help is available for low-income homeowners and renters across Minnesota to secure free home energy upgrades.

The Weatherization Assistance Program provides eligible households a free energy audit, which may lead to free furnace repairs or in some cases installation of free upgrades such as a high-efficiency furnace, water heater, air sealing, attic or wall insulation, refrigerator replacement, LED light bulbs and smoke alarm or a carbon monoxide detector.

To raise awareness of this important program, Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed Oct. 30 as Weatherization Day in Minnesota as it is across the nation.

Households can find their local service provider and check their eligibility by calling 800-657-3710 or at the Commerce Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program webpage:

For persons in Aitkin, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Chisago, Isanti and Pine counties, the provider is Lakes and Pines Community Action Council in Mora. Contact Lakes and pines at 320-679-1800 or 1-800-832-6082.

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