Bitter winter means bigger bills for some


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Bitter winter means bigger bills for some

By Yona Gavino. CREATED Feb 2, 2014

SHOREWOOD -- This winter is really hitting people hard, impacting their health and their wallets.

Melissa Pallin knows how difficult this weather is for older people. Her grandfather had to go to rehab after slipping and falling.

"He fell three times, trying to feed the birds, trying to get the mail, just walking outside of his house," explains Pallin.

But the winter hardships don't end there.

Jonathan Cardew is feeling pain from his WE Energies bill.

"Yeah, I think the last month was $290,” says Cardew. “I thought it was a mistake!"

WE Energies spokesperson, Cathy Schulze, says he's not alone. Most customers are seeing a spike.

"But what we did see for the month of December, is that the average customer, their bill went up about $30,” says WE Energies Spokesperson Cathy Schulze. “But that's reflecting an increase in usage from the previous year of 40%"

By turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours, you can save 5 to 15% on your heating bill.

Cardew is trying other ways to lower his bill. He’s covered windows with plastic in the past.

“I'm fine being a little chilly inside. I can put a blanket on. My wife likes to really have a lot of hot weather. So she keeps it higher. So maybe putting it down a few degrees, we might try that," says Cardew.
Something people can do to help manage their costs going forward is to sign up for WE Energies' budget billing plan. That’s where you'll pay a fixed amount every month. 

Yona Gavino

Yona Gavino

Yona joined TODAY'S TMJ4 as a general assignment reporter in April 2013. Before moving to MIlwaukee, Yona spent two and a half years as a reporter at the NBC affiliate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.