PHOENIX - In a month's time Rudy Basoco's electric bill tripled. Cooling his small apartment is near impossible he said and the cost just to stay comfortable is now impossible to pay.
"It is stressful," he said. "It is hard to pay especially since the job market is so hard too."
Basoco is not alone. On the ABC15 Facebook page more than 100 people described their shock with bills topping over $300, $400, and in one case $800.
"I think customers are going to see increases even more in the bills that are coming up," said Patty Likens with Salt River Project. She said those bills will reflect these extended weeks of high temperatures and humidity that have forced many of us to run our air conditioners all night.
Those who are having a hard time paying are urged to contact their utility company immediately to try to workout a payment plan. There are also services available in the community that while stretched this year might be able to help.
"There are so many services and if they can't help you with the electric bill maybe they can help with a grocery bill or something like that," Likens said.
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