Heating Assistance for Ohioans could be reduced by $60-70 million this year
According to today’s news headlines, Ohio could lose $61.9 million under a plan approved by Senate Democrats, or more than $77 million under a proposal put forth by House Republicans. Either way, Ohio’s needy families will be losing out on getting the assistance they desperately need! The cost of heating your home is projected to be 10% higher this year; and the experts believe that this winter may be one of the coldest on record! So, what can you do? If you are a low-income Ohio resident, then you must check out the HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program). This program can help you meet the high costs of heating your home. In order to be eligible, you must submit the 2011-2012 Energy Assistance Program’s HEAP application. If you do not qualify for assistance, consider implementing the following in order to help reduce your heating costs this winter:
- Set back thermostats: The Department of Energy reports that 1 degree can equal as much as 3% reduction in a homeowners cost to heat and cool a home. So, if you can set the thermostat back as much as 5 to 8 degrees each day while away or during sleeping you can realize a huge savings.
- Change your furnace filter: this not only helps keep your environment clear, but also can help reduce your electrical consumption by allowing the furnace to run more efficiently.
- Perform annual maintenance – get a tune up now: annual maintenance helps return a heating system back to factory fresh conditioning ensuring efficient run time.