MADISON - People who will need help with their heating bills can start applying.
The assistance is available from the State Energy Office through May 15th.
The state estimates that 227,000 people will take advantage of the program this season.
That's up from nearly 225,000 who were in it last year.
Eligibility is based on income, the number of people in the house and the total heating cost.
The state pays benefits directly to fuel suppliers to offset home heating costs.
Other services, including emergency furnace repair and emergency fuel assistance, are also available.
Applications can be submitted through county social service offices, tribal governments, and private nonprofit agencies.
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