We're just six weeks away from spring, and it can't come too soon.
For many South Dakota families, it's been a costly winter.
The demand for propane has sent prices soaring.
But there's help available for those high propane bills.
The South Dakota Low Income Energy Assistance Program or LIEAP is the program is set up to help people in need.
And there are two basic requirements to be eligible.
First, you're a current LIEAP customer and you have less than $400 left in your LIEAP benefits for the year.
Second, you have less than 20 percent of propane remaining in your tank.
KSFY News spoke with a program administrator at the Department of Social Services and he tells us getting help is quick and easy.
D.S.S. program administrator David Gall said "that's why we're doing what we can to assist these households that find themselves in this vulnerable situation."
"Once they call our office and they speak to one of our energy assistance workers, the worker determines that they are eligible and the household declares that they have less than 20 percent, what we'll do is our workers will call the vendor to try to arrange the delivery of propane, up to 200 gallons," Gall said.
The Department of Social Services is still accepting applications for this winter until March 31st.
You can contact D.S.S to find out if you are eligible at 1-800-233-8503.