Posted at: 10/22/2012 5:58 PM
| Updated at: 10/22/2012 6:13 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
We’re getting closer to those cold winter months, and area service agencies are urging those who need help, to get it early.
These agencies that help people pay their home heating bills are worried there won't be enough funding to go around, as they expect more people may need help than ever.
Service agencies like The United Way and Salvation army are urging people who need help to apply for Federal Home Energy Assistance as soon as it becomes available on Nov. 19, as it is first come, first serve.
National Grid donated $2,500 to the Salvation Army last week, but they say the funds go out as soon as they come in.
On the bright side, National Grid says that those using natural gas could see a 3% drop in their bill, but that won't mean much for those who have to choose between food and heat.
National Grid has also released some tips for those looking to cut costs while heating their home: