The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects a 10% decline in spending for home heating oil this winter while spending for propane is projected to grow 14%. There are projected increases of 6% for natural gas, and 7% for electricity, the agency says. (Associated Press).
Many families were already struggling to pay utility bills because of the pandemic, so any increase is a concern, said Mark Wolfe of the National Energy Assistance Directors Association in Washington, D.C.
With so much uncertainty, the National Energy Assistance Directors Association is asking Congress for at least an additional $4.3 billion for home energy assistance for the coming year, Wolfe said.
The extra funding would help people with outstanding utility bills, as well the need for assistance in the coming year, he said.
About one out of seven households is behind on energy bills and arrearages will grow without more federal help, Wolfe said.Experts recommend to shop around and research heating oil or propane vendors near you who may offer a better deal on heating fuel: try fuelwonk price comparison search in 30 seconds or less.
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