‘How are you supposed to live?’ Spiking heat costs impact state’s vulnerable communities.

Nicholas Apodiakos cares for his mother full time in their Newton home. His mother receives heating assistance from ABCD.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Nicholas Apodiakos, who takes care of his ailing 94-year-old mother in their home, sorted through this winter’s heating oil bills: a whopping $1,703 only four months into the season.

“We go through oil like water,” Apodiakos said recently.

Apodiakos, 55,does not work because he is caring for mother, Rose, full time. Her health complications — diabetes, cholesterol, frequent seizures, and painful bedsores, to name a few — make her more sensitive to chilly weather. Apodiakos eyes his climbing energy bill in Newton with fear.

“How are you supposed to live?” Apodiakos said. “We can’t. It’s impossible.”