"We're taking a chance with the wood," said Rector.
Their chimney already caught on fire once this year, but they say they don't have another choice. They're burning wood in a basement heater, hanging a floor fan to blow the heat towards the gas furnace, which blows the heat through the house. They're also using a kerosene space heater upstairs. "It costs us probably close to $10 a day," said Rector.
Amy says she asked for energy assistance from Audubon Area Community Services, "but because I have a little part time job at minimum wage I don't qualify."
Just down the road Margie Frasier says on her fixed income the price of propane is too much to afford. "I'm just getting by, just barely getting by." Her propane tank is about 10% full, which will last one week, maybe two. After that she doesn't know what to do. "If I had doors I could fasten the bedrooms off and sleep here in the living room I guess." Margie says many families nearby use propane and some tanks are already empty. "I think about families that's got kids that don't have heat. Barely making it." With at least a month left of winter, and little propane left all she can do is hope. "That's all I can do is hope, hope it warms up."
Indiana Governor Mike Pence declares an energy emergency in the state. Allowing his office to investigate claims of price gouging for propane.