Cold weather could spike electric bills

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By: Charles Roop | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 19, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The excessive power usage during the last couple of weeks may leave some in sticker shock when the next electric bill arrives.

If one is living paycheck-to-paycheck, they may have trouble paying the bill. But, utilities representing our area have ways to help pay for those higher bills.

The City of Tallahassee is offering a one-time payment option in case that bill is too high. It’s called the Winter Relief Assistance Program, and it's allowing most customers (residential and non-demand small business) to carry over up to 25 percent of their bill for January and February into the following month’s bill, when the power usage would usually be less.

Georgia Power and The Salvation Army have teamed up to help customers. Project SHARE helps low-income customers with with not only utilities, but housing, food and medical expenses.

Duke Energy says they can work with customers if they are having trouble paying the bill. Duke also contributes to the Energy Neighborhood Fund, which passes the money to administrators in one’s respective county and distributes them to those in need. They also will send high bill alerts half-way through the month to customers if the bill is expected to be 30 percent higher. The alerts would help customers adjust their energy usage for the last-half of the month, Duke Energy said.

Florida Power and Light told us that they will work with their customers. They can call FPL, or click here for assistance anytime during the year.

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