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Heating Bills Strain on Budgets


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (wggb) – While the official start of spring is just a couple of weeks away, for those of us paying sky high heating bills it can’t come soon enough.

Bitter, raw or frigid. There are many ways to describe it but the fact is it’s cold! After months of subzero temperatures and high heating bills, many are starting to get the heating bill blues.

“Heating costs and everything food costs I think because of the drastic weather but absolutely you try to keep the heat down but you can only be cold for so long before it goes back up,” said homeowner Lynn Bunce.

With more freezing temps in our future it seems the bills will just keep coming. But even if you don’t qualify for heating assistance your utility company could still have options to help you manage your heating costs.

One way is to enroll in a budget billing plan which will average out your annual bill and allow you to pay the same amount each month. Something Victor Rodriguez is doing.

“I’m with the budget plan and my budget plan because of heating costs went up about 75-80 dollars,” he told us.

Another way is to contact your provider and see if you qualify for any programs that would give you a lower rate. But perhaps the best way to minimize your heating expenses is to prepare ahead of time with a home energy assessment.

“They will tell you where you are losing your heat and they will also help you seal up your home,” explained Priscilla Ress, Spokesperson for WMECo.

Something Victor Rodriguez knows all about but hasn’t done yet. Safe to say he’s learned his lesson.

“I will be doing that next year. Hence the $75 increase.  Next year I will be doing that,” he exclaimed.

According to Priscilla Ress, customers can call anytime to enroll in a budget billing plan or to schedule a home energy assessment.



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