According to AARP’s Public Policy Institute, average heating bills are expected to rise 13% for New Yorkers this winter.
New York currently has the highest electric bills in the continental United States, currently 60% higher than the national average.
AARP anticipates that older New Yorkers will be hit especially hard by these cost increases.
"Too often, older New Yorkers have to choose between paying their heating bill and paying for their prescriptions," said Beth Finkel, state director for the New York division of AARP.
AARP recommended that individuals who anticipate problems with heating expenses to get in touch with the federally-funded Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps eligible families and individuals pay for their heating costs. HEAP began accepting applications on a first come, first serve basis on Nov. 18, so AARP recommends that those needing assistance contact the organization as soon as possible.