FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence residents have been seeing an increase in their utility bills.
“My bill has doubled. I’m probably going to have to dip into my savings. That's the only way I can do it,” said Florence resident David Petree.
Petree said he thinks the main reason his bill increased was because of the amount of light and heat he's been using.
“When you have temperatures hit a low, your heating units, whether it's electric or gas has to run more. That’s what’s going on with many residents in Florence,” said Phil Stevenson, media director of the City of Florence.
City workers say even though residents will have to turn on their heater this winter season, it doesn't mean they have to pay extra.
Some ways to keep your house warm include blocking air in open space areas, keeping drapes and blinds open when the sun is out and keeping your thermostat between 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.