We're all kind of watching what, if anything, will happen with potential snow in the area this weekend, but, all things considered, it has been a mild winter to this point.

Of course, we all know that can change in an instant. Temperatures could drop at any time, and much of our concern will shift to homeless people, pets who are kept outside and people who will struggle to pay their heating bills and could face severe hardship.

Delmarva Power sent out a release earlier this week reminding customers that there are energy assistance programs that could help people who might be struggling to keep up with their electric bills, especially as usage increases with falling temperatures. 

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides people with up to $1,000 in grant support, per customer, with no payback required. People in Sussex County can apply for LIHEAP by calling (302) 856-6310.

The Good Neighbor Energy Fund is also available, thanks to a combined effort from Delmarva Power and the Salvation Army. For eligibility, call (302) 472-0750.

There is also a Gift of Energy program through Delmarva Power that allows anyone to make a payment toward a friend or family member's bill.