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  •  I wouldn't call the gas or electric company, call (8+ / 0-)

    your local DSS to connect with HEAP.  It is a federal program.  here are some figures from this past season:

    Base Benefit Amount    Living Situation
    $1    Eligible households that live in government subsidized housing or a group home setting with heat included in their rent.
    $20 or $25    Eligible households who have heating costs included as part of their rent.
    $600 + applicable add-ons    Eligible households whose primary heat is oil, kerosene, or propane and who make direct payments to the vendor for heating costs.
    $500 + applicable add-ons    Eligible households whose primary heat is wood, wood pellets, coal, corn or other deliverable fuel and who make direct payments to the vendor for heating costs.
    $400 + applicable add-ons    Eligible households whose primary heat is electricity or natural gas and who make direct payments based on their household’s actual usage to the vendor.
    after you get regular HEAP, then you can apply for emergency heap if you fall behind:
    Type of Emergency    Amount
    Heat Related Domestic (electric service required to operate heating equipment)    $160
    Natural Gas Heat Only    $400
    Natural Gas Combined with Heat Related Domestic    $560
    Electric Heat Combined with Heat Related Domestic    $560
    Non-utility heating fuel (oil, kerosene, and propane)    $600
    Non-utility heating fuel (wood, pellets, coal, corn, etc.)    $500
    you can also be eligible for heating equipment repair or replacement AND for an air conditioner with installation.

    facts are here:  http://otda.ny.gov/...

    "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

    by MRA NY on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 06:51:58 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks, but Iheap (6+ / 0-)

      has been cut drastically along with things like "meals on wheels," etc.  Services in this country are at bare bones, last year they were paying out the above amounts, but no more.

      I'll be just fine, my hot flashes are keeping me warm!  Who needs hormones when hot flashes can save on your gas/electric bill.  Perhaps we could use hot flashes a natural replacement for fossil fuels.  That way older women could supplement their incomes and help with global warming.

      "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

      by zaka1 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 08:14:59 PM PDT

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