Whitesburg KY

Heat funds coming


U. S. Representative Harold “Hal” Rogers announced Tuesday that the Department of Health and Human Services will release additional funds to the Commonwealth of Kentucky this week for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

This will bring the state’s total allotment of block grant funds for the current year to approximately $57 million, equivalent to last year’s funding level.

LIHEAP funds, administered through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, help those households which must expend a high proportion of income for home heating during the winter months.

“In our region, home heating costs can put a strain on the budgets of every family trying to make ends meet. This season’s brutal cold spells and snow showers haven’t helped the situation,” said Rogers. “It is critical that low-income families, particularly our seniors and households with small children, be able to keep their homes warm to avoid illness and assure comfort.”

The Kentucky LIHEAP program helps approximately 150,000 families in Kentucky, including many in the 5th District, pay their heating bills each winter. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services coordinates with Community Action Agencies across the state to provide recipient benefits. Customers can receive assistance with natural gas, electric bills, and bulk fuels such as propane, fuel oil, wood and kerosene.

Power company offers 10 tips on ways to save $$

Ten low- or no-cost savings tips from Kentucky Power Co.:

1. Unplug electronics and underused appliances.

2. Take advantage of your computer’s energy-saving features.

3. Control the temperature in your home.

4. Use your appliances wisely.

5. Turn off the lights you’re no longer using.

6. Weatherize your home.

7. Use compact fluorescent lightbulbs.

8. Conserve heated water.

9. Change furnace and airconditioning filters.

10. Install low-flow plumbing fixtures.

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