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Spike in temperatures may cause spike in utility bills

Steps can be taken to keep utility bills low during a spike in temperature. (Source: MGN Online) Steps can be taken to keep utility bills low during a spike in temperature. (Source: MGN Online)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - With the spike in temperature, people will also see a spike in their utility bills. 

There are steps that can be taken to make the end of summer bill less painful.

    1. Keep the thermostat set as high as possible. The Tennessee Valley Authority recommends between 75-78 degrees.

    2. Keep curtains closed on the south, east and west sides of the house during the day to help keep cool.

    3. Use fans

    4. Use the microwave instead of the oven

    5. Run dishwasher and clothes washer only when full

Huntsville and Decatur Utilities will set up payment plans with customers who need extra time paying an unusually high bill. A payment plan can be set up by calling the utility company. Both Huntsville and Decatur also collect donations for people struggling to pay utility bills. On each bill, customers have the option of donating.

Decatur Utilities gives the collected money to Community Action Partnership of North Alabama for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. It's one time based help for families who can't make a utility bill payment. Funds are paid directly to the utility companies. 

Huntsville Utilities collects funds for Project Share. The money is distributed by the salvation army to families based on an application process to verify criteria eligibility for applying customers. For more information on how to donate or apply to the programs, contact your utility provider.

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