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Relief and mercy for higher power bills in this heat

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By WRCB Staff

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Many people say as the heat rises, so do their power bills.

Some viewers have told us their bill has more than doubled recently. Power companies seem to be a little more forgiving in this heat.

Around this time of year, more people are using the air conditioner and that means power bills can soar sky high.

One group, the Volunteer Electric Coop, has programs designed to help their customers pay their bills. One of those is project "deserve." When the bills are putting customers in a financial strain, this group will help cover some of the expenses. Another is levelized billing which bills customers based on a 12-month rolling average, also saving money.

The United Way and Salvation Army offer fan to people in need. Most power companies ask their customers to call, if they are going to have trouble paying their bills, to find discuss other options.

TVA's power rates have increased but as of right now the average customer is spending about 20-dollars more per bill than last year.

Several utility companies stop disconnections when the heat is 98 degrees or above. The Channel 3 Storm Alert Team is predicting a high of 100 degrees in Chattanooga by Saturday.

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