Low temps, high bills

Low temps, high bills

There are 19 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 7, 2007, titled Low temps, high bills. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Utilities serving Central Indiana are urging customers worried about their bills after the recent cold snap to act now rather than wait until a big bill appears in their mailbox.

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Mike Hartman

Zionsville, IN

#1 Feb 8, 2007
What happened to all of the pre-season commercials of how your utility bills, in particular heating, will be less this year and now we should what, take out a loan to pay for next months bill! How about cutting back on making the billions in profits and not cutting others off especially when they are special needs. Think about the consumers for once!
wally segap

Kent, OH

#2 Feb 8, 2007
Something must have gone wrong with Global Warming. I haven't heard of it for at least 2 weeks. Why
joe

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Feb 8, 2007
they turned off my power last week. my house is cold and i think my grandmother is about to die because of it. evil corporations! who needs 'em!
Sick and Tired

Wheeling, IL

#4 Feb 8, 2007
Have you ever tried getting assistance? It was impossible for me. Four years ago, I was underemployed, actually, the company I worked for dropped me to 18 hours a week and scheduled me at all different hours so getting a 2nd job was very difficult (I finally found ONE good job). But I couldn't get help anywhere. My daughter and I were so close to being homeless.
Chilly

United States

#5 Feb 8, 2007
joe wrote:
they turned off my power last week. my house is cold and i think my grandmother is about to die because of it. evil corporations! who needs 'em!
Pay your bill or file for assistance. It's really a novel idea. Let me guess, you want someone to do it for you. Surely you are joking seeing how you are using the internet?
greyheat

United States

#6 Feb 8, 2007
Mr Peterson are not helping nobody..1,132 houses probably is no a real number,must be more am sure.

No program created to help with heating bill works.Too many barriers..just try..too many rules , some are offensive.One located in 2445 N.Meridian, this people want you wake up and make a line of 10 people by 6:00 am..after that you are elegible.This is sucks.

I suggest , open different ways to fill out applications including online forms, why not.

Help other without see who is..some like "today for me tomorrow for you".

Go ahead brake those barriers.
grey

United States

#7 Feb 8, 2007
Sick and Tired wrote:
Have you ever tried getting assistance? It was impossible for me. Four years ago, I was underemployed, actually, the company I worked for dropped me to 18 hours a week and scheduled me at all different hours so getting a 2nd job was very difficult (I finally found ONE good job). But I couldn't get help anywhere. My daughter and I were so close to being homeless.
I have the same problem..I works doing Landscaping works, but the weather and season , force me to be unemployed .I try work in a Warehouses to keep warm , but what happen..you will see hundreds of Mexicans taking ou place ...what employment agencies are doing..?

What ICE, are doing to protect us../
KELLY

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Feb 8, 2007
WHY CAN I NOT UNDERSTAND ANYTHING ON THE LAST TWO POSTS???
pay up

United States

#10 Feb 8, 2007
Mike Hartman wrote:
What happened to all of the pre-season commercials of how your utility bills, in particular heating, will be less this year and now we should what, take out a loan to pay for next months bill! How about cutting back on making the billions in profits and not cutting others off especially when they are special needs. Think about the consumers for once!
I guess you think one should only have to pay a pre-set amount on heat bills. If it is too cold, then someone else should step in right?
JoJo

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Feb 8, 2007
Sick and Tired wrote:
Have you ever tried getting assistance? It was impossible for me. Four years ago, I was underemployed, actually, the company I worked for dropped me to 18 hours a week and scheduled me at all different hours so getting a 2nd job was very difficult (I finally found ONE good job). But I couldn't get help anywhere. My daughter and I were so close to being homeless.
Our family experience a job loss as well. We could NOT get anyone to help us either. I think it's VERY difficult to get assistance. We finally took out a payday loan and are still paying THAT back!
Citizens Advocacy

Carmel, IN

#12 Feb 8, 2007
I used to volunteer with an advocacy group that helped low-income and elderly with heat assistance. A few things that I noticed...first, many could save a lot of heat for the cost of weatherstripping and a few tubes of caulk (we did this for them).

Probably the most noticeable thing was how many people kept their thermostats at 75 degrees. 75 damn degrees -- are you kidding me? No wonder they had $250 heat bills each month. Buy a sweater and turn down the temp, you'll save hundreds..
WTF

Arlington Heights, IL

#13 Feb 8, 2007
greyheat wrote:
Mr Peterson are not helping nobody..1,132 houses probably is no a real number,must be more am sure.
No program created to help with heating bill works.Too many barriers..just try..too many rules , some are offensive.One located in 2445 N.Meridian, this people want you wake up and make a line of 10 people by 6:00 am..after that you are elegible.This is sucks.
I suggest , open different ways to fill out applications including online forms, why not.
Help other without see who is..some like "today for me tomorrow for you".
Go ahead brake those barriers.
WTF? Could you explain what you just said please.
JoJo

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Feb 8, 2007
Citizens Advocacy wrote:
I used to volunteer with an advocacy group that helped low-income and elderly with heat assistance. A few things that I noticed...first, many could save a lot of heat for the cost of weatherstripping and a few tubes of caulk (we did this for them).
Probably the most noticeable thing was how many people kept their thermostats at 75 degrees. 75 damn degrees -- are you kidding me? No wonder they had $250 heat bills each month. Buy a sweater and turn down the temp, you'll save hundreds..
It's hard to believe you volunteered for an advocacy group. You seem to have the same ignorant mindset about "low-income" and "elderly people" that a lot of other people have. Our family fits neither category. We had a sudden and unforeseen change in finances due to a job layoff, and it's not so easy to always pay several your regular bills that you USED to be able to afford when you're suddenly down to one salary. It's obvious to most people who walk upright that insulation is "key". We did that and kept our thermostat turned down. Sometimes we "poor people" need to figure out how to juggle the heat bill, medication, groceries, etc. It's not as easy as someone like you might think.
crb2

Hattiesburg, MS

#15 Feb 8, 2007
I keep my heat at 60 degrees. I have weather stripping, plastic on the windows, unused rooms sealed off etc. Yet my bill still hovers around $200 in normal winter weather. I am scared to see what it will be with this latest cold streak.
As for getting assistance... good luck with that... Pretty much if you are a plague on society you can get assistance. If you are just having a hard time, and normally do just fine then you are tuff out of luck.
Gene

Bowling Green, KY

#16 Feb 8, 2007
Have no fear, AlGore is here. According to him, global warming is near. That alone should cut your heating bills considerably..
crb2

Hattiesburg, MS

#17 Feb 8, 2007
Gene wrote:
Have no fear, AlGore is here. According to him, global warming is near. That alone should cut your heating bills considerably..
Dont you know he created Global Warming right after he created the Internet?
Citizens Advocacy

Carmel, IN

#18 Feb 9, 2007
JoJo wrote:
<quoted text>
It's hard to believe you volunteered for an advocacy group. You seem to have the same ignorant mindset about "low-income" and "elderly people" that a lot of other people have. Our family fits neither category.
Huh? You are neither low income nor elderly (the groups we targeted for help), yet you take offense? Why? I spent 8 weekends last fall caulking and weatherstripping homes for poor/elderly, and replacing a lot of old thermostats with new ones (the kind with setbacks). I sure do know what I'm talking about. If you don't fit that category, then it doesn't apply to you.
Coletrane_exe

Corydon, IN

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Indianapolis, IN

#20 Oct 6, 2014
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