By Natalie Fultz
COLUMBUS - If you thought the cold weather was behind us, well it's not. It's predicted to hit below freezing tonight, and we might even see some of that black ice that we saw last week...which means a lot of us will be hiking up our heat.
Across the nation, extreme weather conditions, like Storm Leon we saw last week, are causing families to have higher power bills and they aren't too thrilled.
"You know we've really noticed an increase in our bills in the past couple months, really since it's gotten cold. Our gas bill and our electric bill have almost doubled. These were expenses we weren't really planning for," Miranda Bryant says.
Miranda says the bills were manageable at first, but now she's paying more.
"Anytime the temperature outside is below 40 degrees our auxiliary heat turns on. So now we have a heating bill from Georgia Power, and we also have one from a gas company," Bryant says.
And Miranda isn't alone. Lots of families in the Chattahoochee Valley have seen an increase.
"It's not very often that it's thirteen degrees or six degrees in Columbus, GA. Every degree that temperature goes down, it has to run longer to keep it at a temperature you're comfortable at," Robert Watkins says.
Since Georgia's groundhog, General Beauregard Lee, has predicted six more weeks of winter...What can you do to keep your bills from skyrocketing?
"Put some long sleeves on, set it at a temperature you're comfortable at. You don't want to set it on 74 degrees because you like to sit around dressed like it's summer time. That'll cost you extra money especially when it's this cold," Watkins says.
If you are being affected by these high costs, some companies have budget plans. Check with your provider to see if there's one for you.
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