With a cold bite in the air, it may be time to start running the furnace, and for people who are having trouble paying their electric bills, there is help available.
The Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor program is a partnership between American Electric Power and the dollar energy fund. It provides utility assistance grants to those who may be struggling.
"Anyone who has a disconnect on their AEP bill or their electric is shut off, can apply for the program," says Mindy Mccloy of the Salvation Army.
Anyone interested in applying for assistance must call the Salvation Army to set up an appointment to see if they are eligible for the program.
"They have to have an electric bill that is $100 or more on a disconnect and they have to have paid $150 on their bill in the last 90 days to qualify for the program," says Mccloy.
To set up an appointment you can contact the Salvation Army at 740-452-8350, or Eastside Community Ministries, who is also accepting applications at 740-452-7519.