PIEDMONT TRIAD, N.C. -- The frigid winter weather much of the country has experienced in the last month is expected to cost Americans 25 percent more on their utility bills.
That's according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. With budgets already tight, this news is going to hit a lot of families hard as the winter months continue.
But there might be help for you through the energy assistance program.
Several counties in the Triad are opening the program to low income families.
In Alamance County the application period begins February 2nd. The program started running earlier this season serving low-income seniors 60 and older.
So far, the county's department of social services has expended $75,800 and helped 354 households and still have $702,775 left to distribute.
Eva Fulcher, the county's economic services supervisor, was on the Good Morning Show to explain the process. Click the video above for more information.To apply, call your local department of social services.