LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – In this cold weather have you noticed your LG&E bill doubling? If so, you're not alone. Temperatures are 35 percent colder than this time last year.
Allen Pendleton expected a little sticker shock when he got his recent LG&E bill, but it nearly doubled and that had him starting to sweat despite the freezing temps.
"I'm used to paying $160, $170 and it jumped to $260, $280-$300 and what I make, it cuts right out of that," said Pendleton. "You take $300 off what on top I make and that don't leave me a lot."
Pendleton is on disability, so to make ends meet he has been doing everything he can to try to conserve energy including wearing sweat shirts in the house and doubling up on blankets.
"Right now, I keep my thermostat at 67 and that's a little chilly, but it's ok I can deal with that," Predilection.
He's even reached out to LG&E asking for help, which is exactly what the company hopes you do if you are having a hard time.
"Let us know and we can work with the customer to see of the programs and the resources that we have available which my be applicable to meet their needs," said Liz Pratt, LG&E spokesperson.
LIHEAP or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is there to help prevent disconnection from utility services. LG&E said if customer's do not qualify for LIHEAP, they are willing to work out a payment plan.
"I know there isn't anything I can do about, so I just take it day by day and when a bill comes, I just call them and get an extension and pay it when I get it," said Pendleton.
If you would like to help those who can't afford their full bill, you can add a donation onto your monthly payment and LG&E will match $2 to every $1 donated.
For more information on how you can get help this winter season on your energy bills click, here.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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