A colder winter could turn cruel for those struggling to stay warm in Snohomish County

Rising costs and dropping temperatures are creating wait lists for people whose water heaters and furnaces are failing.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — With a colder, wetter winter in the forecast, firing up the furnace could send a chill down your spine when the bills come in.

Energy rates are climbing, leaving people and even charities struggling to keep up.

The average cost for heating oil and natural gas is up 27%, nationwide. Electricity has climbed 10% and propane prices have increased 5%.

Tim Otness said the temperature in his Everett mobile home drops into the 40s at night.

“You just

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