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Elderly woman dreads cooling bill

This heat wave is affecting everyone, from those with a regular paycheck to others who live on a fixed income.

Utility bills are expected to go up with the temperatures.

87 degrees.

Registers in the mid-day heat.

90's expected by the end of the week.

Gladys Greene dreads it.

"The hot weather don't agree with me at all," says Greene.

So, Greene cranks up her air conditioner, given to her last week by CASA.

She's cool as she sits indoors.

Greene says she'll pay dearly at the end of the month.

"I would say $350 at least. Compared to? Well, $130," says Greene.

Greene has no choice but to stay indoors and keep cool.

She suffers from emphysema.

She runs her AC and uses a nebulizer to help her breathing.

Greene says she couldn't make it without her window unit, but she's worried how she will pay the bill.

"A lot of other senior citizens live off social security. It's hard. Real hard," says Greene.

To save on your cooling bill, set the temperature around 78 degrees.

Turn off the AC or set the thermostat up a few degrees when you leave home.

Close doors and windows when the AC is on.

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