FAIRFIELD - Local energy assistance agencies are reporting that more people are looking for help with their heating bills.

According to the agencies, it's the brutally cold weather that's making it expensive for residents to heat their homes.

Fairfield resident Tracy Carbone reached out for help after filling up her heating oil tank cost her about $900.

Agency officials say they've already received more than 9,000 applications for help. They say locking in oil prices with heating companies isn't always feasible for low-income families.

A spokesperson for Santa Fuel says locking in oil prices doesn't always save people money, but this year it did.