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Groundhog Day 2017: Six More Weeks of Winter Energy Safety?

Time for the most famous weather prediction of the year! Michiganders and people across the nation celebrate Groundhog Day today!

You probably know the legend: If the groundhog emerges from its den on February 2 and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. No shadow, and spring is just around the corner. Punxsutawney Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter in 2017, but no matter what his prediction might have been, here in Michigan we can be sure to have winter weather well into April before our temperatures consistently rise to spring-like levels.

More winter weather ahead means home heating and safety will be a top concern for Michigan residents and families for the next few months. Below are a few tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

A Different Kind of Safety

Direct injuries and fire risks are not the only hazards that come with Michigan winters. For Michiganders with low incomes, winter heating costs themselves also pose a significant threat to their well-being.

The federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is the most important home heating assistance program in the nation. LIHEAP allocates funding to states to subsidize home heating costs for low-income households.

Unfortunately, LIHEAP is chronically underfunded. Which is why, each year, the Alliance for Michigan Power takes part in LIHEAP Action Day, when advocates from around the country contact their federal legislators to remind them why LIHEAP is so important.

Get ready for LIHEAP Action Day! Working together, we can successfully advocate for full funding of this vital assistance program, so every Michigander can stay safe and warm.

Keep an eye out for more information on LIHEAP Action Day 2017 and how you can participate in the coming weeks!