MOORHEAD — Help is available for low-income homeowners and renters in Minnesota to potentially get free home energy upgrades.

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

In an effort to raise awareness of the program, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz proclaimed Oct. 30 as Weatherization Day in Minnesota.

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.

Minnesota’s WAP serves households at or below 200% of the federal poverty income guidelines ($50,400 for a family of four). Priority is given to households with seniors, disabled family members, children or high energy consumption.

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For more information and to apply for assistance, call 800-657-3710 and press 1, visit the Commerce Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program webpage or search for “weatherization” at