Even With Lower Fuel Costs, Pa. Homeowners Will Seek Energy Assistance This Winter

Nov 3, 2016


A person walks down a snow covered street in Pennsylvania.
Credit AP Photo / Matt Rourke

Don't let last weekend's 70 degree weather fool you. Winter is coming, and quickly. Soon, it will be time to turn on the heater. But for many Pennsylvanians, that might be a luxury they can't afford. 

"We often hear from people just in the winter when they need help with an energy bill," said Melinda Stanley, who oversees the utility and energy assistance program at the Commission on Economic Opportunity in Luzerne County. "Depending on how bitter cold the winter is and how expensive fuel is, people often just need a little assistance to pay the bill through till Spring." 


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