The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) administers the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Public Benefits Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP and its related services help over 100,000 Wisconsin households annually. In addition to regular heating and electric assistance, specialized services include:

• Emergency fuel assistance

• Counseling for energy conservation and energy budgets

• Pro-active co payment plans

• Targeted outreach services

• Emergency furnace repair and replacement

The Home Energy Plus includes the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) and Weatherization Services. WHEAP provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations. Weatherization Services help renters and homeowners reduce their energy consumption.

WHEAP assistance is a one-time payment during the heating season (October 1 through May 15). The funding pays a portion of the energy costs, but the payment is not intended to cover the entire energy costs of a residence. The amount of the energy assistance payment varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income, and energy costs. In most cases the energy assistance benefit is paid directly to the household energy supplier.

Weatherization services help homeowners and renter reduce energy consumption while increasing comfort in their homes. If your residence qualifies for weatherization services, you may receive one or more of the following energy efficiency services:  insulation, sealing air leaks, heating system updates, or energy saving products.

How to Apply:

WHEAP Services are provided locally through: 
The Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services
421 County Road R
Black River Falls, WI 54615
Phone: 715-284-4301
Fax:    715-284-7713

ONLINE: Please email [email protected] to receive the fillable application.

For a printable application CLICK HERE

In addition, outreach clinics are scheduled annually.  Dates and times for outreach clinics are listed in the local newspapers each fall.

Furnace/Boiler Repair and Replacement: The HE+ Program Services can assist eligible homeowners and some renters whose furnace or boiler stops operating. The program can pay for repairs or, in some situations, a total replacement of a non-operating system. Contact your local WHEAP agency at 715-284-3978 immediately if you are experiencing a no-heat situation.

Water Conservation Program: Helps homeowners with small leaks, water heater repairs and water heater replacement. Applicants must be eligible for the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP).

For Weatherization: Weatherization services vary with each home depending on how it was built and its current condition. Common weatherization services include installing attic and sidewall insulation, sealing major air leaks, repairing or replacing furnaces, caulking and adding weather stripping, and repairing or replacing hot water heaters. Depending on age, some old refrigerators and freezers may be replaced. Please contact Jackson County at 715-284-4301 for Weatherization.