Heating Costs Going Up 20 Percent

Heating Costs Going Up 20 Percent

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SALT LAKE CITY (KSL News Services) -- With temperatures in the 90’s, it’s hard to imagine winter weather and the bone chilling cold weather.

The Department Of Energy says heating costs this winter are expected to go up more than 20-percent and the increased fuel costs may leave many Utahn’s in the cold this winter.

Utah Energy Assistance Program Coordinator Sherman Roquiero says they're already helping more than 40-thousand Utah families pay their bills. “We’re putting some things into play right now to kind of cushion the increase in fuel prices and some of that is in our policy format and how we’re going to be able to help people more with the monies that we have.”

He says with gas prices and heating costs going up, it’s beginning to take a financial toll on families. “Disabled and the elderly, those people are on fixed incomes, they don’t get a 21 percent increase in their checks so that is going to be very difficult for them to meet those costs.”

He says he expects a lot more people to be asking for assistance in paying their bills this winter.

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