GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KFQX) — Officials say this winter, the cost to heat your home could go up as much as 30%, the highest increase since 2014. More than $61 million households that use natural gas for heat will be affected.

The U.S. Energy Administration says households will spend more on energy this winter because of a global rise in prices for heating oil, natural gas and other fuels.

Locally LEAP, the low income home energy program which is federally funded, is helping families manage heating costs.

The high spike in prices is an even bigger problem because it could cause, leap’s funding to drop up to 30%.

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is trying to increase funding.

Close to 90 law makers are backing Sen. Bennet’s effort to improve funding and eligibility for low-income families.

Mesa County’s LEAP coordinator says residents should sign up before they receive a high heating bill.

For more information on how to apply visit Colorado Low-Income Energy Assistance program