As winter begins to set in and temperatures dip below freezing, many residents of Macon County are trying to find ways to keep their homes warm. Whether it be by burning wood or oil, flipping a switch or throwing on some extra blankets—there are many ways to stay ahead of the cold.
With residential heating oil sitting at a state average of $3.37 per gallon some families may feel a crunch on their bank accounts. In the event of that, according to Shaina Adkins, executive director of Macon County Care Network there are avenues to take if one were to find themselves in need of assistance during these winter months.
Currently families can apply for the Emergency Heat Assistance programs (CIP/LIHEAP) at Macon County Department of Social Services (DSS). Aside from that, CareNet is taking referrals from DSS, with limited funds available through the Duke Energy Grant money they have obtained to further aid those that apply for assistance with their disconnect notices at DSS but cannot receive the total amount necessary to avoid disconnection.