MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The cold temperatures have a lot of people talking about powerbills. For the past few weeks, many of you may have started turningup the heat, and because of that, you may be in for a veryunpleasant surprise when you get your gas or electric bill.
"We've seen temperatures about 40 percent colder than what wenormally see, so bills are going to be high for that period, saidWes Phillips with Mobile Gas.
Whether you're a customer of Alabama Power, Mobile Gas, oranother utility company, you may be able to get assistance thatwill help you pay your next bill.
"We'll try to work with our customers if we can. If we're notable to, we'll try to direct them to some place where they may beable to get some help," said Bernie Fogarty with Alabama Power.
Phillips says don't wait until the day your bill is due to askfor help.
"You want to call Mobile Gas in advance if you think you'regoing to have problems paying the bill and we can offer specialarrangements in many cases where we offer a payment plan for you topay the bill," he said.
The American Red Cross is offering some families help through"Project SHARE".
"The name of it means service to help Alabamians with relief onenergy. The way it works is clients can come in and be interviewedby our trained volunteers and they'll come in and get assistancefor their heating bill," said Elizabeth Saunders.
If you think you are going to have trouble paying your powerbill that may have doubled or tripled because of the coldtemperatures, don't wait until your service is disconnected. Callyour service provider in advance, and they'll do their best to findways to help you.
You can reach Alabama Power by calling: 1-800-245-2244, or by clickinghere.
You can reach Mobile Gas at: 251-476-8052, or by clickinghere.
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