Low-income families facing high heating bills because federal funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program were cut

State Government programs that that help administer the Home Heating Credit federal assistance program could see federal heating assistance funds reduced by one-third to one-half.  This news comes at a time when a “harsh, brutal, snowy and cold” winter was predicted for many areas by AccuWeather.com on Oct. 6th. The ENSO update this morning is still showing a La Nina at least as strong as last winter will occur by NOVEMBER.

There is a non-linear relationship between the cost of heating and the outside air temperature and storminess (wind.)  Here at Mor Electric Heating we are very concerned because we know alot about the fact that a winter that is for example twice as “bad” as normal (like is forecasted for this winter and has occurred recently in many areas of the country and in the Great Lakes in the 1970’s) does NOT correlate to a heating bill that is twice as bad.  It is far far worse than that.  Heating degree days is a very complicated calculation of outside temperature and wind and other factors such as insulation, windows, etc..  A winter that is even just ONE degree colder makes it amazingly harder to heat your house.  And a thermostat setting that is just 1 degree higher does the same.  Keep rooms as cold as you can, especially the ones you are not using, to try to get the temperature between the inside and outside of the house closer, to minimize heat loss (Dollars spent). Click here: http://morelectricheating.blogspot.com/search/label/Comfort%20Heaters for some information about saving money using electric comfort heaters.