Phone 1-800-DIAL-DOE, that's 1-800-342-5363

Home Heating Help is Just a Call Away

As Nebraskans braced for a return to a typical Plains winter, they also braced for the highest heating bills in recent memory.   The double whammy of a return to seasonal winters and record-setting natural gas prices -- with propane prices not that far behind -- have combined to give Americans a dose of unseasonable bill-paying angst.
For Nebraskans having difficulty coping with heating bills there are several options:

Another resource for help on how to lower your utility bills is the newly established U.S. Department of Energy Home Heating Help Hotline, which is available by pressing button one when calling 1-800-Dial-DOE, the Department of Energy's Consumer Resource Gateway.  The Hotline will be operational until March 30.

People calling this special Hotline will have their phone calls answered by live operators from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.  Other than these business hours or in the event of overflow calls, phones will be answered by a recording 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Those who use this hotline will get a live operator who will give them:

The same information is also available at www.energy.gov in a special "related links" page.  One of the links is "How to Lower Your Heating Bill." 

Among the options listed at the "related links" site are:

It's Not Too Late

On the page, "How to Lower Your Heating Bill," visitors will find both "Cheap and Easy Fixes" that save up to 25 percent of the energy costs and "Longer Term Solutions" that can save up to 50 percent of the costs. 
Among the "Cheap and Easy" options are:

Among the "Longer Term Solutions" are:

Unfortunately, some of the suggestions for cutting energy bills may not be able to tackled until warmer weather returns to the Plains.  

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