July was reported to be Earth’s hottest month on record! Hotter temperatures translates to higher electric bills; the first thing people do in life-threatening weather like this is reach for the thermostat to turn it down.
As higher electric bills continue to eat up more of economically distressed communities’ monthly budgets, experts have begun looking beyond the bill itself to underlying issues—the energy burden facing families across the country.
The South faced an overlap of one season running into the next as summer moves into full swing, with some households just now dealing with winter heating bills past due with the moratorium ended and already racking up new ones under summer heat.
With warmer and warmer weather blazing across country fields and city playgrounds, summer got underway early this year.