This announcement will also appear soon in The Monroe News:

The month of March is when the need for heating bill assistance traditionally reaches a peak, but money is available to help low-income residents of Michigan keep their homes warm.

In an effort to help state residents this time of year, the Michigan Propane Gas Association has launched a website,, meant to provide propane and natural gas homeowners and renters quick access to over 200 federal, state, and local home heating agencies serving Michigan counties.

More people heat their homes with propane in Michigan than in any other state, the agency said.

Residents can take advantage of heating assistance funding by going to to look up the resources. The listings for Monroe County, for example, include Monroe County Opportunity Program and the Michigan Department of Human Services.

There is also propane safety information meant to encourage people to not tamper with their propane tanks and systems. “People make illegal adjustments to their propane tanks or allow their tanks to run completely dry in a desperate attempt to save money during the winter months. As a result, they put themselves and their families at risk for property damage, bodily injury or even death,” the agency said in its announcement.

The warnings include:

  • Do not use rags, tape or epoxy to stop leaks in gas lines.
  • Do not tamper with propane safety devices to overfill portable cylinders.
  • Do not connect portable cylinders to home heating systems to heat the home.
  • Do not store propane cylinders inside homes, garages and barns.

“Changing a propane tank’s design makes its safety valves inoperable. Propane is a safe source of fuel when handled properly,” added Kim Godlewski, President of the Michigan Propane Gas Association.

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