Frigid Weather Causes Spike In Heating Bills

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

January 11, 2014 Updated Jan 11, 2014 at 11:10 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – After this week's bitterly cold weather many people may see their heating bill climb.

Officials at NIPSCO say they saw a rise in usage due to many businesses closing during the snow.

As a result, many people stayed in and cranked up the heat, which according to NIPSCO, can account for 60 percent of the energy used in your home.

If you're worried about sticker shock at the beginning of next month you do have options.

"We realize that even a spike, a small spike, on a bill can sometimes be a hardship for customers. So please, if you feel that you may have a problem paying your bill or you might be a little bit behind, please call NIPSCO and talk about maybe establishing a payment plan or a budget plan,” said Jill Perillo, a spokesperson for NIPSCO.

Perillo says customers who signed up for a payment plan last year, now only pay $55 per month on average.

For heating bill payment plan options, and tips on how to save energy, call NIPSCO at 1-800-464-7726.

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