Column: Get help with your heating bills

Get help with your heating bills
By Sen. Joe Hune
3/5/2012

With cold temperatures and steady snowfall continuing to hit Michigan this winter, it is crucial to keep yourselves and your loved ones warm.

Home heating assistance is available to Michiganders this winter.

HeatingMyHome.org, a website hosted by the Michigan Propane Gas Association, provides consumers with easy access to federal, state and local home heating assistance programs. These resources are available to households throughout the state of Michigan.

In every county, a patchwork of agencies can be found that provide heating assistance, from the Michigan Department of Human Services to the Salvation Army. The website also provides weatherization information that can save homeowners money on their home heating bills.

Unfortunately, some people illegally adjust their propane tanks to try to save money while others allow their tanks to run completely dry or simply use illegal tanks. By getting home heating assistance, Michigan residents can avoid taking these dangerous risks. The website also provides information on heating the home safely.    

I urge my constituents to take a minute and look at this useful website and make sure your home is properly heated and your family is not wasting energy this winter.

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Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.