Now is the time to seek help heating your home

SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (WWLP) — The cost of heating your home is set to rise this year, and the federal government says the war in Ukraine is the top reason.

Noting these high bills, Congressman Richard Neal underscores the need for alternative energy sources: “I also think it draws attention to the fact that we’re still not there with the renewables and we need to make those advances so we can can offset the challenges posed by the punitive effort of President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which has had a devastating impact and people are feeling it everywhere.”

Oil is up 66 percent from last year, with natural gas experiencing the highest prices in a decade. In any case, the price of electricity will remain stable for the time being.

“Right now, our electricity rates and our basic service rates will remain the same and will remain the same until January,” said Eversource spokesperson Priscilla Ress.

Now is the time to find resources when you know that the cost of heating your home will be more than you can handle. If you’re struggling to pay your bill, there are places that can help. The Valley Opportunity Council, Springfield Partners for Community Action, and the Good Neighbor Fund are places to look.

Springfield resident Nicholas Toppi says his main concern this winter is his aging mother: “The surge in everything, including utility bills, is just spiraling out of control, you know. Especially for people with a fixed income and things like that. It’s going to be really hard to keep up with all the inflation.”

There are little things anyone can do to keep the bill low: Running the dishwasher less often and keeping the thermostat constantly on a lower setting are just a few things.

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