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Payment Assistance and Budgeting


As a customer of a utility service provider, you have an obligation to pay for the services you use. There may be times when you have difficulty meeting those financial obligations. Early and honest communication with the utility company is one of the best first steps you can make to work your way through the challenging situation. You should also be aware of the following helpful tools.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program
Qualifying consumers may apply to the Office of Energy Assistance within the South Dakota Department of Social Services for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) that provides payment for some home heating costs.

Weatherization Assistance Program
The South Dakota Department of Social Services' Weatherization Assistance Program helps qualifying residents make their homes more energy efficient through weatherization improvements. The improvements are completed by four different community action programs serving specific counties.

Lifeline and Tribal Lifeline and Link-Up Telephone Assistance Programs
Many South Dakota telecommunications companies offer the Lifeline program for qualifying customers. Lifeline offers a discount on telephone and broadband services to eligible subscribers. Tribal Lifeline and Link-Up programs are also available for residents of tribal lands, providing enhanced Lifeline benefits and a discount on the installation or activation for new telephone service at an applicant’s primary residence through Link Up. Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements for the programs.

Electric and Natural Gas Utility Budgeting Services
Although not a discount program, balanced billing offered by electric or natural gas providers can be a valuable tool for managing your budget. With balanced billing, the utility company reviews your past bills to determine a monthly average. You are billed this average amount each month, regardless of how much energy you actually use. Some months your energy use is higher, some months it's lower. But you always pay the same amount. The company tracks monthly usage, monitors your account and lets you know if adjustments to the balanced billing are necessary. See company-specific information below. If your utility is not listed here, find contact information for investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives or municipal electric organizations.

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Rev: 02/16/24