On a cold January day, a single mother huddles on the couch with her two children, a blanket wrapped around them for warmth. The temperature in the apartment is set at 50 degrees. She’d like to turn up the heat, but she knows she can’t afford it.
With the money from her minimum-wage job, she was just able to make ends meet during the summer. But now, the winter chill has sent her heating bills sky-high. And every additional dollar she spends on heating is a dollar she doesn’t have to buy groceries to feed her kids.