Power bills get even higher
PADUCAH — Money's tight: water, rent, car insurance, and power bills, it all adds up. When the first of the month rolls around, it can be tough and for some it's going to be even tougher.
Last month, a local city sent out fliers along with their bills, saying your "power cost adjustment goes up."
Wanda Dunning and her husband are quiet folks, they keep to themselves, watch their TV and at the first of the month, pay their bills. This month's electric bill was $98.28.
"They seem to be going up every time, every month," said Wanda Dunning. "It seems like it keeps climbing the ladder."
And for this couple and others like them who are on a fixed income, it's especially hard to make ends meet.
"We do the best we can try to get the monthly bills paid and then we get our food and everything else," she said.
Dunning said they do what they can to keep their usage down, turning off lights, leaving their thermostat at 72 and opening the door to let the natural light in. According to Paducah Power, it's only temporary, saying they expect to stay stable for a few months.
Chairman of the board Ray McLennan said that PCA numbers is always fluctuating.
"It may go down. We can't project what that's going to do," said McLennan. "We've had almost as many fuel cost adjustments go down as we had go up."
As for other power companies in our area, West Kentucky Rural Electric, as a co-op, has not increased its rates in two and a half years and doesn't expect to any time soon.
However, Jackson Purchase Energy is expecting a 6.77 percent increase to their members' bills sometime after Sept. 1. That is, if the public service commission approves the increase, which they are expected to do any day now.