Winter is almost here and the Farmers' Almanac is predicting below average temperatures. There are several programs in Massachusetts to help low-income households pay for their heating fuel and other utilities. Government help is available to pay for fuel, weatherization, and heating system repairs. In addition, low-income customers can get utility discounts, utility shutoff protection, and help from non-government programs. Investigate these links for information about fuel assistance, individual assistance programs, and regulations on heat in the workplace and in residences.