Cheatham County woman tries to make sense of pricey NES bill - WKRN News 2

Cheatham County woman tries to make sense of pricey NES bill

Posted: Updated: Jan 21, 2014 10:37 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Cheatham County resident Wilda Smith was shocked to see her bill more than double from November to December 2013.

She told News 2 her monthly bill jumped from $327 to $751.

"It's absolutely absurd to get a bill like this," Smith said. "I don't know what's going on. We have never had bills like this. Never. I'm the only one in the house."

Since receiving the bill, Smith said she is doing everything she can to reduce the amount of energy she is using.

To supplement the heat in her home and try to reduce her electricity usage, she has been using a kerosene heater and candles.

"I turn it off, and stay in here with the kerosene heater and burn candles to [add] some heat in the rooms and they do put heat in the rooms," she explained.

Nashville Electric Service (NES) reports that many of their customers are seeing large increases and attributes the increase to a few things, including that it was 30% colder in December than compared to 2012.

The energy provider also says that its customers tend to use more electricity during the holidays to power Christmas lights and run appliances for holiday cooking.

They also note that people are home more during November and December due to holiday vacation time.

Additionally, the TVA raised its rates this past October and that increase gets passed onto NES customers.

For energy saving tips, visit NES' Web site.

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