Cold to Blame for High Heat Bills

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

If the cold weather this winter hasn't got you down yet, here's another reason not to like it. The low temps are behind the higher-than-normal heating bills.

A Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson says January was 19 percent colder than normal, making it harder for people already struggling to pay their heating bills.

It's illegal to have your heat shut off before April, but WPS officials suggest keeping up on your payments before that happens.

"Some people have a tendency to let the heating bills pile up," said Jim Rosenberg, Wisconsin Public Service. "It's better to go in and get some help now and catch up on that bill, rather than have that monster bill in April when the moratorium comes."

If you are having trouble paying your bill, Rosenberg says state assistance is available.

To find out if you're eligible call your county's energy service department.

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