Residents who will struggle to stay warm and safe during this winter-heating season can reach out for help by accessing the Stay Warm Minnesota web page at the Minnesota Department of Commerce website.

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Rising heat bills are part of winter in Minnesota, but for some they are a fact of life that threatens their well-being and financial livelihood.

Residents who will struggle to stay warm and safe this winter-heating season can reach out for help by accessing the Stay Warm Minnesota web page at the Minnesota Department of Commerce website.

"For thousands of consumers who struggle with heating bills or need a better heating system, Stay Warm Minnesota will help them get information and resources," said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. "Stay Warm Minnesota is a one-stop shop for consumer information for people who need to stay warm."

Information on the Stay Warm Minnesota site includes financial assistance, energy efficiency, and heating safety programs provided by the federal and state government, private industry, nonprofits, and energy utilities. Links to nonprofit organizations and government sites are listed, along with publications and tips for saving energy.

For example, the "Finding Financial Assistance" page describes the Cold Weather Rule and how customers can prevent having their heat turned off if they agree to and keep a payment plan with their utility. It also guides consumers to apply with the state's Energy Assistance Program, their utility, and charitable organizations to receive financial assistance to help pay their heating bills.

For more information, log on to the Stay Warm Minnesota webpage or contact the Division of Energy Resources Energy Information Center by phone (651-539-1886 or 800-657-3710) or via email at energy.info@state.mn.us.