Energy prices are skyrocketing. Here’s how you can get financial help this winter

Whether you heat your home with gas, oil or electricity, your energy bills are going to be shocking this winter. Compared to this time last year, the price of fuel oil is up 72%, and for some utility customers the cost of electricity and natural gas are up 129% and 28.6%, respectively.

If you’re in a crisis and can’t wait that long, you should contact your local agency. Kathy Tobin, the energy director at Action for Boston Community Development, said that organizations like hers are able to authorize emergency services or an oil delivery within a couple of days.

Chances are they’ll get that delivery that day,” she said. “We want to be able to help all the people who really are in emergency.”