As a recipient of fuel assistance, I have a suggestion. Benefits from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program, or LIHEAP, should be put on a debit card, similar to SNAP benefits, instead of paying directly to one oil company.

My current oil company’s prices are much higher than the local average, nearly $1 a gallon higher. I use 400 gallons of heating oil a year, and the ability to shop around would enable me to stretch those benefits much further.

Wouldn’t this be a much more efficient use of heating assistance?


Jane Lewis


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