How to get heating help - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

How to get heating help

Posted: Updated:

Rising heating bills.  They're a grim reality in the cold and especially noticeable this winter.  Columbia Gas had its second busiest day ever last week.  That demand is split between residential, business and large corporate clients.  The Jeep plant  needs the same amount of gas it would take to warm more than 15,000 homes.  
   Natural gas season has returned to Ohio and Michigan, this time with a vengeance.  As bills pile up in the new year, some face gas shut-offs in the coldest air in twenty years.  Chris Kozak from Columbia Gas says there are answers... If you ask. 

"As soon as you are concerned that you may not be able to pay your gas bill, you're falling behind. You should contact Columbia Gas. We've got a number of different programs available. A number of programs available in the community to make sure that if you can't pay your bill, lets get some help, there's programs available out there."

If you need help paying your utilities, this is a good first place to start.  The United Way or 211.  Another program is PIPP Plus, it's percentage of income payment plan plus.  You pay a fixed cost for your gas and electricity and you qualify by meeting federal poverty levels.

"So we see about 55,000 homes in Lucas County qualify for these programs.  About half to less than half actually utilize these programs.  There's a lot of assistance out there, lot of folks in need, want to make sure those people get together and make sure that they can be comfortable and warm this winter."

For the Columbia Gas crews, taking the season off isn't an option.


"The cold weather doesn't stop us.  We're responding to everything as we would if this were a 80 degree June day.  It may take us a little longer with some of the weather, but we're responding to everything as we would."

  • LocalMore>>

  • No injuries after water rescue at Farnsworth Metropark

    No injuries after water rescue at Farnsworth Metropark

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:43:46 GMT
    Waterville crews are trying to reach passengers on a boat stuck on the Maumee River. It's happening near Farnsworth Metropark in Waterville. No one is hurt, but a family is stuck on a boat that has been
    Waterville crews safely rescued passengers who were stuck on a boat on the Maumee River Friday afternoon. It's happened near Farnsworth Metropark in Waterville.
  • Missing boater's father: "We just want to get him home"

    Missing boater's father: "We just want to get him home"

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:09:36 GMT
    We are learning more about the two remaining missing boaters on Lake Erie. Bryan Huff of Rossford is an experienced fisherman. His dad says he lived on the lake. Andrew Rose of Maumee works as a bartender
    The Ottawa County Sheriff concluded his department's search for the two remaining missing boaters on Lake Erie Friday evening.
  • Easter Sunday forecast

    Easter Sunday forecast

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:12:06 GMT
    Here is your Easter Sunday forecast. It will be a cool start with a low near 34 degrees. You may want your winter coats for sunrise service. The sun will rise at 6:47am on Easter. Once the sun comes up,
    It will be a cool start, with a warm and sunny afternoon.
  • Storm TeamMore>>

  • Easter Sunday forecast

    Easter Sunday forecast

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:12:06 GMT
    Here is your Easter Sunday forecast. It will be a cool start with a low near 34 degrees. You may want your winter coats for sunrise service. The sun will rise at 6:47am on Easter. Once the sun comes up,
    It will be a cool start, with a warm and sunny afternoon.
  • Coast Guard warns weekend boaters

    Coast Guard warns weekend boaters

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:21:35 GMT
    The Coast Guard is warning boaters that despite the warmer weather, Lake Erie is still very cold. There is still some ice in eastern Lake Erie with a water temperature of 32 degrees. The water temperature
    Water temperatures are still very cold despite warmer weather.
  • Warmer temps impact local crops

    Warmer temps impact local crops

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:36:04 GMT
    "We're getting hotter, longer, warmer heat waves, that's going to be the real problem."Scott Heckathorn and his team are racing to find answers for how plants react to heat.  He's watched them adapt over
    "We're getting hotter, longer, warmer heat waves, that's going to be the real problem."

Weather: Home | Forecast | Radar | Cams

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!