Israel does not export crude, but the recent horrific attacks has triggered some concern when it comes to the price of oil.

Oil Has Increased In Price

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Crude prices surged to as high as $89 a barrel on Monday over concerns that Hamas’s attack on Israel will increase tension across the Middle East and affect output from leading oil producers.

Fall has arrived in Massachusetts, and I would say at the very least, some have turned their heat on by now. For energy consumption's sake, maybe an El Nino winter will play out to be as mild as they predict.

How Many Residents in Massachusetts Rely On Oil Heat?

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Massachusetts residents like me do not have the option to switch to natural gas as my street does not provide it. Yes, natural gas in the state is not an option for everyone. Neighbors can band together in certain situations, however, and request it.


Benefits of Switching to Natural Gas

  • Burns cleaner
  • Costs less
  • Resale value of home is greater

Oil, however, is still the primary source for heat in the state for about 650,000 households.

What is the Breakdown of Fuel Heat Sources In Massachusetts?

In 2021, more than half of Massachusetts households used natural gas for home heating, about one in four relied on fuel oil, and more than one in six households used electricity.

Gas: 52%

Electricity: 18%

Oil: 24%

Propane: 5%

Other/None: 1%

Massachusetts Home Heating and Energy Assistance

Homeowners and renters, including households whose cost of heat is included in the rent, can apply in person at the agency in their area or through the online application.

Eligibility is based on household size and the gross annual income of every household member, 18 years of age or older.

Household income cannot exceed 60% of estimated State Median Income

This program provides assistance through a fixed benefit amount for the cost of the primary source of heat with includes, but is not limited to: Oil, Electricity, Natural gas, Propane, Kerosene, Wood, and Coal.

If eligible, discounts are automatically given on:

  • electric bills for investor-owned electric utilities
  • gas bills for investor-owned gas utilities
  • telephone bills

Payments for actual usage or fuel delivery are made directly to the heating vendor for primary energy needs from November 1st to April 30th.

Eligibility/Selection Criteria

  • There are a variety of factors that impact the eligibility of a household.
  • Eligibility is based on household size and the gross annual income of every household member, 18 years of age or older.
  • Household income cannot exceed 60% of estimated State Median Income
  • Please contact the local fuel assistance agency for detailed information on criteria used for eligibility.
  • Housing subsidies will also determine the specific benefit level.

Fees for Apply for home heating and energy assistance

The program is 100% free for those who qualify. Beware of scams by people charging an “application fee” to help submit an application.

These 50 US Cities are Crawling with Bed Bugs

Every year the pest control gurus at Orkin put together a list of the Top 50 Bed Bug Destinations in the United States. Which areas do you travel to that you should take extra care to watch out for these blood-sucking insects? Let's countdown to the most bed-bug-riddled city in the United States.

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