Summer heat and high electric bills increase need for financial assistance

It’s hot. Really hot.

Summer just got here, but Texas has already broken records for electric consumption in June. It’s an ominous beginning to what we all hope won’t be like last summer, when we set records for having the most 100-degree days in a year and for daily and monthly electric consumption.

Hot temperatures and record-setting electric consumption also mean another thing – high electric bills. As Bluebonnet’s General Manager Mark Rose often says, “Nobody has ever seen an August electric bill they liked.”

Especially in June.

Especially not when so many people are struggling to pay their other bills. While there is no relief from the heat for at least a few months, families that need help paying their electric bills can get it from a number of organizations. Bluebonnet works with more than 20 organizations in and around our service area that provide financial assistance for people who need a little help.

“As soon as people start getting their June electric bills we see an increase in people needing assistance,” said Barbara Seilheimer, Bluebonnet’s manager of member services. “We make payment arrangements with our members who need a little extra time to pay their bills. For those who need financial assistance we refer them to the many wonderful organizations in our area that can provide it.”

For more information about organizations that provide financial assistance call a Bluebonnet member service representative at 800-842-7708 or go to Financial Assistance at


About Will Holford

Have you ever wondered about the future of electric use? Perhaps you’re curious about how some global or national events might impact your power, the environment or your bill? Maybe you’re just interested in what’s going on at Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. We want to share what we know, and that’s what the Bluebonnet Blog is about. Will Holford, Bluebonnet’s Manager of Public Affairs, is going to write most often for the blog. He’s been with the co-op since 2007, and has worked in communications for more than 14 years. Will enjoys learning about energy – and writing about it. He and other Bluebonnet employees (and occasional guest contributors) will get the conversation going -- about everything from where your power is generated to where it’s used, advances in technology, changes that will affect you, and interesting peeks behind the scenes at the co-op. We welcome your comments, questions and ideas. Email Will at
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One Response to Summer heat and high electric bills increase need for financial assistance

  1. Electric use is increasing day by day with increase in heat and so are the billing amount. This articles seemed to be very useful in eliminate high billing amount.

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