NH approves state heating aid, adding to federal; money for weatherization included

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New Hampshire has agreed to put up $10 million of state money to help low-income people heat their homes this winter.

The House and Senate easily approved the spending during a one-day special session yesterday. Governor John Lynch signed the bill a short time later.

The plan includes over $1 million to help insulate and weatherize homes.

Fuel assistance helps families cover about 25 percent of their heating costs, including oil, electric, and other forms of energy – roughly 190 gallons of heating oil. The average family in the state uses about 800 gallons.

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