The high bills are being attributed to the record-low temperatures that have been hitting the area in recent weeks. With temperatures dropping well below freezing, residents have been forced to rely heavily on their heating systems to keep their homes warm. In addition, the war in Ukraine is causing additional pressure on heating bills by disrupting supplies of Russian natural gas.
One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, stated that her heating bill for the month of January was almost double what she typically pays during the winter months. She added that she had implemented energy-saving measures such as sealing drafty windows and doors, but it had not made a significant difference in reducing her bill.
Several other residents have reported similar experiences, with many saying that they have had to cut back on other expenses in order to afford their heating bills. One resident stated that they had to choose between paying the heating bill and buying groceries for the month.
The high heating bills are also causing financial strain for low-income families and elderly residents who may not have the means to pay the increased costs.
City officials have acknowledged the issue and are encouraging residents to contact their utility companies to inquire about financial assistance programs or payment plans. They also suggest residents to invest in energy-efficient upgrades like new insulation, weather stripping, and programmable thermostats to help reduce energy consumption and lower bills.
The high heating bills are a reminder of the importance of being prepared for harsh winter weather and the financial burden it can bring. Gladstone residents are hoping for a warmer end to the winter season in order to bring some relief to their wallets.
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