Governor Daniels says the state expects to have 56 million dollars available to help needy residents with their heating bills this winter.
This year Vectren, Citizens Gas and the Northern Indiana Public Service Company will launch an effort using their own money to provide about two million dollars in additional aid.
The state expects to have 56 million dollars available through its Energy Assistance Program.
Last year, Indiana spent about 44 million dollars last year to help 143,000 households.
People can qualify for the program if they earn 150 percent or less of the federal poverty level.
Customers can find out more information about winter warmth programs by contacting their local utility company. The state's Energy Assistance Program can be reached at the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority at 1-800-872-0371.