Fall breezes are blowing in holidays, as well as, colder weather and heating bills. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can give a one-time payment to cover a portion of heating costs. Depending on the county, additional community resources might be available for heating assistance. According to energy.gov, approximately 45% of home energy is used for heating our homes. Weatherizing a residence can help reduce the amount of energy needed to heat the space and therefore reduce heating bills. It is best to weatherize a residence early in the season in order to prevent high heating costs. Be sure to ask about these programs if you have had high energy bills in the past or have an older home.
Each holiday season community organizations work hard to provide meals, food baskets, and warm clothing. Great Rivers 2-1-1 keeps all of this information up to date and you can access it 24/7 by calling 2-1-1. Be sure to call ahead early because some programs require registration.
The Simply Dial 2-1-1 * Get Connected, Get Answers column is provided by Great Rivers 2-1-1, an information and referral and crisis line service. Professionally trained staff can answer your questions about local, statewide, and national resources and can assist you with all kinds of life situations and challenges.
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Simply dial the three-digit telephone number 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255 to learn more.Language Interpretation and TTY available. www.greatrivers211.org