Funding for Heat and Utility Assistance Expected to be Delayed

Non-profit agencies are anticipating a delayed start to energy assistance programs this fall.  Here are a few helpful action items for those on limited income budgets to help them make it through.

1)Apply for the Home Heating Credit, which must be postmarked by September 30. http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,4676,7-238-43513_66852-330928--,00.html   

2)If you are a senior, call your utility and let them know.  There may be certain protections for seniors or those customers with medical conditions.

3)Watch your usage.  This is also a good time to check weather stripping on windows and change the furnace filter.  Believe it or not, even getting the dust bunnies off the refrigerator can be helpful.

4)Most of all be safe.  If you turn to an alternative energy sources to heat your home, remember that generators must be run outside the home and attached garages.  Also, any open flames act like campfires which belong outdoors.