Inflation cooled a bit last month, thanks in part to falling gasoline prices, but for many families, there’s another major strain on their household budget: soaring electricity bills.
Take Bernice Brown, a retiree in Tuscaloosa, Ala.. In both July and August, her power bill topped a jaw-dropping $400.
“It’s been damaging to be honest,” she says.
But there’s little she can do about it.
“The heat here is horrible,” she says, noting her neighborhood near the University of Alabama campus doesn’t have many shade trees. “The houses are just sitting, baking.”
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