hey y’all. it’s that time of year when it’s getting chillllly. if you’re low/no-income and have trouble paying all the bills, don’t forget to sign up for heat assistance. the department of social services will help pay all/part of your gas/electric/oil bill and installation fee. now’s the time—they stop taking apps the second friday in november! in virginia, the application is online and then they call you, so you don’t have to go into the building.
Manitoba has legislation in place that prevents natural gas from being shut off between October 1 and May 14 for any reason, due to the harsh winters and risk of exposure in an unheated home.
Unfortunately, this is only half the battle as the legislation does not cover electricity. Since many homes have full electric heat, and almost all furnaces are electric start, natural gas without electricity is not much help.
Keeping a small natural gas, or converted propane-to-natural-gas, space heater would allow continued heating in cold months.