High Temperatures Mean Higher Electric Bills

Published 06/05 2014 06:31PM

Updated 06/05 2014 10:28PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- As the temperatures start to rise and air conditioners start working overtime, some may start to see their electric bills increase, which could mean having trouble paying for their bills.

There are a few agencies around the city that offer funds to help pay for electric bills, but they typically have guidelines on how you qualify.

One of the places is the Salvation Army, where they said they help with both LP&L as well as Atmos bills.

"Springtime, when it's nice and cool outside, we see less assistance requests, but when the weather fluctuates and it gets real hot, we see the demand increase," Dianne Taylor with the Salvation Army said.

Right now, they are taking calls and setting up appointments for anyone who is looking for assistance. Most of their funding comes through yearly grants, and they still have a few months before new funds come in.

"October First is our new funding, yeah, so we gotta stretch what we've got to help as many people as we can," Taylor said.

Taylor said this is also a balancing act for the Salvation Army, as they have to shelter that they take care of. In this summer heat, they also do what they can, Taylor said, to make sure they are being as conservative as possible.

"Here at the shelter, we try to be, you know, watch our cost, watch our energy usage also," Taylor said. "We kind of raise the thermostat just a little bit, not to where it's freezing cold, we turn off lights, we turn off heaters, we unplug a lot of things, because we also try to conserve energy, and try to conserve the money that we raise to help with the operation costs."

The Salvation Army is not the only place to look for bill assistance. The LP&L website
here lists other places you can try, or you can call 2-1-1 to see where you can turn for help.

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