Natural gas is used to heat two out of three homes in Minnesota and the cost to heat this winter is going up.
Natural gas prices have increased by 180 percent since last September.
Energy companies report natural gas last September was 60 cents per therm, and this year, it is up to $1.09 per therm.
The Energy Assistance Program will begin on Oct. 1 for the season.
Minnesotans who meet the 3-month income guidelines can access financial assistance for utility costs.
The program is open to both renters and homeowners, with crisis funding also available for qualified applicants facing disconnection.
Beltrami and Cass county residents can find more information through BiCAP online or by phone (218-751-4631 or 800-332-7161).
Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule also begins tomorrow, which prevents utility companies from disconnecting services during the winter months.
Under the Cold Weather Rule, utility customers are still required to set up a payment plan with their provider.