Those who faced higher than expected heating costs last winter have until Sept. 30 to apply for a tax credit to help pay those utility bills.

The Michigan Home Heating Credit is available to qualified homeowners and renters in the state through the Michigan Public Service Commission. Applying for the credit can be done online by filling out the MI-1040CR-7 form available at or by calling (517) 636-4486. Paper copies of the application can also be found where income tax forms are available, including local Secretary of State offices.

The Home Heating Credit is awarded based on the number of residents in a household, income and heating costs incurred during 2014. More information can be found at

*For veterans and their families experiencing high winter energy bills or other hardships in the coming months, there may be additional resources available. Persons can call the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center at 1-800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) for more information about emergency financial assistance.

“The winter months can be long and hard for those living paycheck-to-paycheck, but financial assistance is available through both the Home Heating Credit and the MVRSC,” MVAA Director Jeff Barnes said. “The last few winters have been especially harsh, and these programs go a long way in helping Michigan veterans stay on their feet financially.”

Veterans are also encouraged to weatherize and insulate their homes prior to winter, which can save money and heating costs. Installing door sweeps or weatherstripping, applying caulk around the edges of windows and checking foundations for any cracks or holes are just a few ways to lower energy bills this winter.

State and county agencies and local organizations also offer veterans and their families a number of resources to help pay utility bills and provide food and housing assistance. To learn more about these resources, contact MVAA by phone at 1-800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) or online at

Help for Low-Income Persons with Heating Costs; Veterans with Weatherization was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by Karen Elford