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Published January 08, 2014, 07:47 PM

Heating assistance applications increased 50 percent after polar vortex hit the region

With temperatures forecasted to be in the teens Thursday and 20s by Friday, no doubt many might have a case of spring fever. But many will also get a reminder of how cold it was when they get their heating bill next month.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

With temperatures forecasted to be in the teens Thursday and 20s by Friday, no doubt many might have a case of spring fever. But many will also get a reminder of how cold it was when they get their heating bill next month.

Those twenties are almost going to feel like short and tee-shirt weather after what we have been used to. The hangover from the weeks of frigid weather will be the spike in peoples monthly heating bill, after all, heating systems had a work out. And it's not cheap to run. There are a couple of ways you can avoid the sticker shock with those bills and that is to work with your power company about averaging out your month bills for the months of the year. Also for those who feel can not pay their bills check with social service about heating assistance.

Ed Christ of the Grand Forks County Social Services said, "We have seen a request of applications it has increased about 50-percent since the weather got cold we are current with processing applications they will get a response within a week. "

This warm up is not going to last much longer than a week before we get hit with more arctic air, so enjoy this quick reprieve.

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