Cold Weather Raises Concerns Over Bills

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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.


  • Christopher

    The title of this article should be that cold weather raises concerns over bills instead of “cold weather rises concerns over bills.” I think you forgot your a which is not omitted from the video title…

  • Michael Kewl

    No way can customers could have received their utility bills already for the last couple of days…so this story has a bogus ring to it!

    I call BS to the ” it doesn`t mean they have to pay extra.”… use more kilowatts, burn more gas to keep your home warm in this very cold weather does mean increased costs in your utility bill regardless, the Utility is not giving away free electricty and natural gas anymore.

    • Christopher

      Michael, it looks as if you missed the point of the article. We have already been seeing the effects of the cold weather with the rising of our electric bills due to the cold that we had in late November and December. Now the current cold weather raises even more concerns. My electric bill increased $50 from November to December, which yes raises much concern of what my bill will be for January after the cold weather of the last two weeks. That is the concern that the article addresses. I take it that you must not pay an electric bill, or you would have the same concerns.

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  • John

    Right on Michael.
    We had a mild summer & fall that LOWERED concerns over bills.
    But we only care when our bills are unusually high, not low.
    Who cares about conserving or hearing about home energy audits?

    Sarcasm aside, another solution is some utilities allow us to set a fixed average bill amount every month to avoid dips & spikes.

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