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“Cooling” Winter Heating Bills in WYO

October 31, 2008

Cheyenne, WY – Winter heating bills are expected to be 40 to 80 percent higher this season, according to Wyoming Family Services. However, it looks like more people in the state will be able to get help paying them.

The state has raised the income limits for qualifying families for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Now, a family of four can make almost $4,500 a month and apply to get a credit on their utility bill. Wyoming Family Services' spokesperson Juliette Rule says, although the tough winter weather has yet to arrive, people can get their paperwork done now to protect the family budget.

"You can apply now, and then not deal with the headache and emotional heartache that comes with, 'Wow, that bill's really high and my money's spent for the month.'"

Rule agrees that $4,500 a month is hardly considered low-income in Wyoming. However, against the backdrop of rising prices for just about everything, winter heating bills comprise a big percentage of a household budget, particularly for folks on fixed incomes.

"For families that are on those lower echelons of the income continuum, it represents about 16 to 17 percent of their disposable income. So, they're hit harder."

About 11,000 households in Wyoming received home heating credits last year. Rule says thousands more were eligible, but did not apply. She hopes more people learn about the program, as well as this year's higher income limit. Applications can be obtained by calling 1-800-246-4221, or from the Wyoming Family Services Web site,

Deborah Smith/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - WY