We know what’s coming. But with any luck, it won’t be nearly as severe as last winter. Still, our drop in temperatures should be a sign of action we can take now to help save heating dollars in the months ahead. Never before have homeowners had more tools and technology to check their homes for heating problems and poor insulation. Both deficiencies will contribute to costly heating bills and the formation of ice dams.
A non-profit, accused of using grant money to fund lavish trips and a Costco membership, was shut down by the state on Friday. The state is seeking $600,000 back from Community Action of Minneapolis. The agency helps low-income families with heating bills and works to find people jobs.
CenterPoint Energy says customers should expect this month’s bill to be 35-50 percent higher than last month because of the record cold. According to Xcel Energy, its customers are expected to use 14 percent more natural gas this January compared to January 2013.
The Department of Energy released its winter fuel outlook and found homeowners with natural gas can expect increases in their heating bills of up to 13 percent.
Minnesota is getting another $7 million in federal aid to help low-income customers pay their heating bills.