We all know that Maine winters are long and cold, and come with a hefty price tag. After all, if we want our homes warm and cozy, it does cost money to do that.

In the winter, when many people turn on their heaters and put up holiday lights, gas and electric bills can be quite a bit higher than normal.

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According to the Department of Energy, a family spends more than $1,900 a year on electricity bills and other utilities. A big part of those costs come from wasted energy during those cold months.

But the good news is, you can save on winter energy costs if you make some changes in certain areas of your home.

During the winter, the government helps low-income families with their energy bills.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps families pay some of their heating costs. To see if you qualify for these benefits, contact your local LIHEAP office for more information.