Freezing temperatures are coming, and having heat is of course very important. But with colder weather, comes increased heating costs. Because of tough economic times, this year is going to be one of the worst when it comes to paying off those bills.
All year long we've been battling high gas prices, high food prices -- the cost of living in general. Now, as we prepare for the winter months it's time to start thinking about how you're going to pay to keep you and your family warm. Unfortunately -- the economy isn't working in our favor.
Several organizations that help folks with struggling incomes pay certain bills say funds from the state aren't going to last the winter. Program Director for Neighborhood House Joy Loper says the summer months took a huge part of the budget and now they're out of money to put towards helping pay energy bills.
Some good news though, because the cost of gas is coming down, you should save on your natural gas heating bills. But for now -- you really should start thinking about conservation.
Joy Loper, Director, Neighborhood House: "We'll stretch the money as far as it can go, and we just hope for the best you know, but yeah, this winter's going to be a bit tricky."
Dan Alderson, Atmos Energy: "You know the economy is hitting all of us hard, I think it's time to really watch what you do, we have to be more energy wise, for customers."
A few simple things you can do to save money when temperatures really drop:
Make sure your windows and doors are sealed, and if you can, program your thermostat to between 65 and 70 when you're home and 58 degrees at night or when you're away.
Those small steps could save you nearly 20% on your gas bills.