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Getting Answers: Why SLEMCO bills have nearly doubled this billing cycle

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KATC is getting answers about why SLEMCO electric bills have skyrocketed in the last month. Many of you wrote to us, saying your bills doubled or in some cases, tripled between December and January. Despite two freezes in the last month, many people said those bills must be a mistake. 

Some of the SLEMCO bills we received started as low as $100 but jumped up to $600. One SLEMCO customer, Tanya Sundberg, said she was only at her house six days this month, and her thermostat was set at 68 degrees. She wants to know why her bill doubled while she wasn't home. 

"When I'm not home, anything that needs to be off, I cut it off at the breaker, so I'm still trying to figure out how my bill is so high," Sundberg said. 

SLEMCO's communications manager, Mary Laurent, said the bills are equivalent to the customers usage. 

 "What we want to help them know and understand is that it's directly related to the cold weather and the heating system that is running. It's the usage that has increased. We have not arbitrarily charged anybody anymore. What we suggest people do is look at their usage to see that it has gone up, and all of that is a reflection of what the temperatures have done," Laurent said. 

Laurent said when temperatures are in the teens and 20s, your heating system will run if it is turned on and your thermostat is set. 

 "I understand this traditionally happens every winter, and it's been a long time since we have had one this harsh," Laurent said. 

SLEMCO is giving all customers the opportunity to set up payment plans if necessary. 

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