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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bills, bills, bills… can you pay your utility bills?

In this weak economic climate, more and more Americans are having their power shut off as bills get harder to pay. Utility companies are seeing a record number of customers that have had their power cut or are in danger of being disconnected. With the winter months looming ahead this is a concern. Although there is some regulation where utilities may not cut power off during extremely cold weather, the regulations vary state to state.

Already this year, the federal Administration for Children and Families distributed a record $5.1 billion to states to help low-income households pay energy costs.

If you would like to help families hurt by the economic slump, consider donating to charities that are helping people financially with their utility bills. You can view a list of those charities here.

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