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    by Brent Addleman   New England governors are pressing the federal government for a supplement aid package supporting home heating assistance to residents this winter. Led by Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, the governors penned a letter to congressional leaders expressing their desire to see approval of President Joe Biden’s request for the emergency supplemental funding package that would assist residents with home heating assistance. Lamont is joined in writing the letter by Maine Gov. Janet Mills, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee, and Vermont Gov. Phil Scott. The letter, according to the release, was written to Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro, D-CT; ranking member Kay Granger, R-TX; Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-VT; and Vice Chairman Richard Shelby, R-AL. In the letter, according to the release, the governors urge the delegation “to include emergency supplement funding” of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to include more funding into the program “to address increasing home energy bills that likely will be exacerbated this winter” due to “volatile global energy markets.” The governors point to Biden’s request of “$500 million...
    WITH energy bills spiralling lately, one concern many of us have is how we will be able to afford to heat our homes this winter. It's a depressing state of affairs, and something families with young children and the elderly or vulnerable may be particularly concerned about. 7Winter is coming, and it's important we feel confident that we'll be able to keep our homes warm despite the energy bill hikeCredit: Getty While there's no quick fix to the situation, there are small changes we can make at home if worried to try and ensure we stay as warm as possible, without relying on the heating. Here, property expert Simon Boden from We Buy Any House and DIY pro Daniel Davies from Love Energy Savings share their top tips on how to keep warm at home... Use the oven to heat and eat If you're already using the oven to cook dinner, leaving the door open once you've finished to let the heat infiltrate the room can help, if it's safe to do so. Simon says: "We...
    New York (CNN Business)Nearly a dozen US Senators are calling for the Biden administration to curb overseas shipments of natural gas as Americans struggle with home heating sticker shock this winter."As families across the country continue to face steep residential energy and heating costs, we urge you to take swift action to limit US natural gas exports and examine their impact on domestic energy prices," the lawmakers wrote in a Wednesday letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. The letter, signed by 10 Democrats as well as Senator Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, calls for the Energy Department to conduct a review of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and develop a plan to keep gas affordable for Americans."Until such a plan is completed, the Department should consider halting permit approvals of US LNG export facilities," the lawmakers wrote in the letter, which was also signed by Senators Jack Reed, Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal. The pressure on the Biden administration, from its own party, comes at a tricky time. Read MoreHome heating costs are rising sharply due...
    (CNN)Struggling Americans are getting some more help to pay their home heating bills, which have skyrocketed for many this winter, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.The agency is adding $100 million to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps families afford heating and cooling. The infusion is the first installment of a five-year, $500 million investment contained in the bipartisan infrastructure package enacted last year.The money is on top of more than $8 billion flowing into the program from the American Rescue Plan Act, enacted last March, and from Congress' annual appropriation in its continuing resolution approved in September.Though this is an unprecedented level of funding for the 41-year-old program, it will likely fall short of meeting all the need, experts have said.Typically, LIHEAP assists more than 5 million Americans -- about 1 in 6 eligible households.Read MoreThe additional funding means that more families will be served than ever before, said Lanikque Howard, director of the Office of Community Services at HHS' Administration for Children and Families, which runs the LIHEAP program.However, she could not...
    A landlord in Kansas City, Missouri has been accused of stabbing a tenant more than 30 times after he was alerted to heat problems by a couple who had asked if they could use a space heater to warm their chilly new rental. Gordon McBeth, 44, entered a not guilty plea on Monday after Clay County prosecutors charged him with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 28-year-old Darryl Gilland on Friday afternoon. According to court documents obtained by the Kansas City Star, McBeth allegedly stabbed Gilland more than 30 times on Friday after Gilland’s girlfriend messaged the landlord alerting him that the heat wasn’t working in their new home. Samantha Pohlman said that she and Gilland, her boyfriend of five years, had only moved into the home a week before. “At first, the guy was perfectly nice about it,” she told KCTV. “He was like, ‘yeah I’ll come over and we’ll do that’ and then just out of nowhere he completely flipped and acted like we were asking too much and being a complete burden.”...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A word of caution this morning: take action now or you could end up a bit chilly when the truly cold weather finally arrives. When the hard freeze hits it always reveals problems in home heating systems. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Unseasonably Warm Weather Continues On Wednesday“The first day we get cold weather, our phones will be ringing off the hook, and we’ll be booked up for three weeks,” says Rocco Florio of Air Pro Heating and Cooling. Florio says your unit may have been fine all summer, but cool in the summer does not guarantee heat in the winter. “There are a lot of electronics in furnaces like igniters flame sensors that get dirty igniters that go bad, which you wouldn’t use in the summertime because you’re using it just for the air conditioning,” he says. Florio says the first thing you should do is change your filter. A dirty filter slows the airflow. “Without the airflow, it’ll shut right down,” he says. “It’ll kick off on the limit because you’re building up too...
    ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Home heating oil and natural gas prices are steadily climbing, and experts are warning homeowners that big winter bills could soon be on the way, even doubling in some cases. So what’s a homeowner to do? CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan got some advice from an expert on Tuesday. READ MORE: NYC's Mental Health Clubhouses Proving To Be Valuable Resource For Those Suffering From COVID-Related IssuesA chill is in the air and many families are thinking of how best to stay comfy and cozy. The Knights of Rockville Centre just got a new Wi-Fi thermostat that Stephanie Knight can now control on her smartphone. “We upgraded and we got a condensing boiler. I’ve definitely noticed that the gas bills are lower,” she said. But natural gas prices are rising dramatically. “Last year, it was about $730 in the Northeast to heat a home with natural gas. This year, it could be well over $1,000,” said Mark Wolfe of the National Energy Assistance Association. National Grid, PSEG Long Island and LIPA all say they will work to hedge...
    As the WNBA enters its final few weeks of the regular season, the race between teams battling for playoff berths and byes is heating up. Connecticut, Las Vegas and Seattle are all vying for the coveted double bye. The Sun have the inside track holding a one-game lead over the Aces and a three-game margin on the Storm. Only one of Connecticut's remaining six opponents has a winning record. That doesn't mean Sun coach Curt Miller is taking anything for granted. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "It’s all about matchups in this league," he said. "We got beat by Indiana and they throttled us. They match up well with us. L.A. matches up well with us. We’re going to take it one at a time and Washington is next and that’s all we’re thinking about." The Mystics are one of four teams battling for the final playoff spots. Washington is expected to be without Tina Charles for a few more games as she recovers from a left gluteal strain. Elena Delle Donne returned for a couple games...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — After a slumber when the San Francisco Bay Area was in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, real estate sales were heating up to a feverish pitch with homes in San Jose and Oakland selling in less than two weeks, according to real estate leader Redfin. The real estate resurgence has been slowly building for several months as COVID-19 restrictions have eased, new cases have dropped and the percentage of local residents fully vaccinated has skyrocketed. READ MORE: VIDEO: Space X Launch Lights Up Pre-Dawn Sky; Crew Headed Toward Space Station Offices have begun to reopen to employees who have been working remotely for more than a year. Restaurants are filling up again and there is a new buzz settling over the region. Veteran Oakland real estate agent Katy Polvorosa told the East Bay Times not only are homes selling quickly, the deals are being closed after intense bidding wars over the properties. “I’ve lost out so many times,” Polvorosa told the paper. “It’s really not for the faint of heart right now.” While the...
    Abigail Spencer Shares Heartfelt Defense of Meghan Markle Amid Bullying Claims U.S. embraces COVID-19 vaccines, improving odds of herd immunity There hasn’t been much buzz centering on third baseman Maikel Franco since the Royals non-tendered him at the beginning of December, but his market is now “heating up,” according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. It’s unclear which teams are interested in Franco. © Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Maikel Franco now looks like one of the most appealing players remaining on an ever-shrinking free-agent market. MLBTR’s Matt Swartz projected in October that Franco would land anywhere from $4.5 million to $8 million in 2021, his final season of arbitration control, although the Royals were unwilling to go to those lengths to keep him. But the 28-year-old did have a productive 2020 in his lone season as a member of the Royals, with whom he batted .278/.321/.457 (106 wRC+) with eight home runs in 243 plate appearances. Franco also appeared in all 60 of Kansas City’s games, earned nice marks at third (zero DRS, 1.3 UZR) and struck out in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- With the coldest conditions in two years bearing down on Chicago, homeowners are hoping that what happened at the Aragon Ballroom a few days ago doesn't befall them.SEE ALSO | Aragon Ballroom wall topples over under weight of snowEMBED More News Videos Part of the Aragon Ballroom in the Uptown neighborhood appears to have collapsed. "If you have heat coming from your house and it is heating up snow and melting into the roof edge, you could have a big problem," said Kevin Neuhaus, with Hanson Roofing.Hanson Roofing has been around for three generations and has 10 crews out freeing rooftops of snow that will get heavier with freezing rain then more snow then plummeting temperatures cementing it all, often into ice dams."As that ice dam gets bigger and bigger, it starts to pool in the back and behind there it starts to work its way up underneath the shingles, which are shedding the water," Neuhaus explained. "Once that oversaturates, it starts to leak into the interior of the house, causing problems."It's particularly a problem for flat...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New Yorkers are being urged to prepare for extremely cold weather over the next few days.Gusty winds and frigid temperatures are expected to lead to sub-zero wind chills starting Thursday and remaining through much of the weekend."Stay indoors as much as possible and bundle up if you have to go out. Remember to virtually check in on your friends, family or neighbors who may be most vulnerable to the extreme cold," NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell said.Prolonged exposure to cold can lead to frostbite - which often results in red and painful or pale skin - and hypothermia.Symptoms of hypothermia include intense shivering, dizziness, trouble speaking, lack of coordination, sluggishness or drowsiness, confusion or shallow breathing.If you see symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite, call 911 and follow instructions, or go to the emergency room."Call 311 if your heat at home isn't working. New Yorkers should also call 311 if they see someone outdoors who appears to be experiencing homelessness," Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi said.During a Code Blue Weather Emergency, that's when the temperature...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — About $106 million in federal funding will be available to help low-income Minnesotans pay for their heating bills this winter, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce. On Thursday, commerce officials said funds from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will be provided to reduce home heating costs “by making payments directly to utility companies and heating fuel vendors on behalf of eligible Minnesota homeowners and renters.” The assistance is available to homeowners and renters who earn less than 50% of the state’s median income, which is $54,357 for a family of four. Assets, such as the value of a home, is not considered in determining eligibility. “Heating your home is a necessity in Minnesota, and no one’s health or safety should be at risk because they cannot afford to stay warm,” Department of Commerce Temporary Commissioner Grace Arnold said, whose agency administers the Energy Assistance Program in partnership with 29 local service providers throughout the state. “The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program is available to help Minnesotans pay for home heating costs, repairs and fuel...
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