Heating Costs Heading North In Ny

11.12.13 | Sarah Harnisch

New Yorkers could see home heating bills increase more than 13 percent this year, putting many elderly people at risk, an AARP report released Monday found. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says New York has the second highest electric heat bills in the country, at 60 percent above the national average. The report found older residents that make under $20-thousand dollars a year will be the most at-risk group because they spend the highest percentage of household income on heating bills. New Yorkers can start applying for the federal HEAP program on November 18th to help heat their homes. Benefits are awarded on a first-come-first serve-basis.