The recent snowstorm has left thousands throughout the state needing assistance with their heating bills.
The Missouri Association for Community Action runs a government-funded institution called The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps people pay their utilities.
The program has seen budget cuts in recent years and the recent weather has meant an increased demand for services. Executive Director Elaine West says this combination has put huge pressure on local programs.
Electric bills are on the way down for some residents of western Missouri, thanks to a decline in fuel prices.
The Missouri Public Service Commission has reduced the fuel adjustment charge for Kansas City Power & Light's Greater Missouri Operations. Fuel adjustment clauses allow power companies to adjust rates for changes in the price of natural gas.