VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – With extreme weather comes extreme bills and it can cause a strain on finances.
“There will be higher bills with lower temperatures,” said Rick Burger, Duke Energy.
Brittany Anderson was shocked to see her electric bill from December.
“I was wondering why my bill was so high, if half the month I wasn’t even here,” said Brittany. “This is the highest I’ve seen it. I’ve compared it to last year.. It was about a $70 increase from last year.”
But Burger isn’t surprised.
“It’s been extremely cold. There will be higher bills coming with those extremely cold temperatures,” said Burger.
Duke Energy hasn’t raised rates – it’s all a matter of kilowatts. Even keeping your home at a lower temperature won’t help.
“I turn off my cable, internet, I unplug everything,” said Brittany.
It just works twice as hard to keep that temp, using up those kilowatts.
“Remember, when you plug that space heater in, it’s using kilowatts,” said Burger.
Everything that’s plugged in uses up that energy, raising that bill. But Duke Energy will help.
“Call us before they get in trouble. If you let this go on, not try to work with us, you’ll be in a deeper mess yet,” said Burger.
Duke Energy says they will work with you to help figure out a budget plan.
“I actually paid half of my bill and I spoke with the electric company about extending my due date and they let me do that to pay the other half,” said Brittany.
They’ll also teach you ways to make your home energy efficient, even going so far as to preform an audit on your home to help.
“Do not wait until you get a disconnect notice. Then you’ll be asked for a deposit and that just makes it tougher,” said Burger.
Brittany says she’ll be looking into more ways to keep her bill low and her family warm.
Duke Energy said they’ll be more than happy to help you out if they can.
You can check out their website for more information on energy efficiency or give them a call at (800) 521-2232.