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Rising winter fuel costs lead to rising need for Operation Fuel

Paul Sabato, a driver with Heatable, delivers oil to a home in Scarborough, Maine, on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
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Paul Sabato, a driver with Heatable, delivers oil to a home in Scarborough, Maine, on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, home heating oil prices in Connecticut are up 38% over the past year.

If that level of increase holds, it could mean higher prices on winter heating bills.

Brenda Watson is the executive director of Operation Fuel, a non-profit organization that helps low income households pay to heat their homes.

She said she's already seeing more people in need of Operation Fuel's services. She also talked about why it's important to check the $1 donation box on fuel bills each month to help Operation Fuel help neighbors stay warm.

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. He's proud to be a part of the team that won a regional Emmy Award for The Vote: A Connecticut Conversation. In his 21st year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.

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