Indianapolis Power and Light customers should expect an increase in their power bill in the month of July mostly because of increased usage.
IPL officials blame the extreme summer heat for this increase, and the one felt by most of its customers in June.
"Our bill this month was $249 and some change," said Erma Robbins, an IPL customer.
Robbins is now on a budget plan, hopeful next month's power bill will not put her family over the edge. Keeping her thermostat above 76 degrees did not do the trick.
"One-hundred-dollars-and-57-cents, and this month it's $145.40," said Johnny Lawrence, another IPL customer who was comparing his June and July bills.
"Between utilities and gas, you can't afford to do anything," said Lawrence.
Crystal Livers-Powers, an IPL spokeswoman, said the extreme summer heat is to blame. Usage for the average customer is up 20 percent in the last month alone, and while usage is not 100 percent responsible for a customer's bill, most customers should expect to pay about 20 percent more this time around.
Livers-Powers has several suggestions for customers who are looking to save.
"Make sure you turn lights off," said Livers-Powers. "Make sure you turn appliances are off that you're not using. Make sure you don't have your drapes open in the heat of the day."
IPL customer Damita King was smiling Tuesday afternoon outside the power company's payment center.
"My bill is really reasonable right now. It's only $50," said King.
Fox59 then asked if she had any tips for other people, and that is when she admitted she had not been using her biggest energy consumer.
"I'm not running my air-conditioning. I know you think that's crazy right now, but I need freon," King said. Her smile was instead about a new job.
"What are you going to do? Deal with this 100 degree heat? You are going to turn that air-conditioning off? I don't think so," said Isidore Primus, another IPL customer.
Livers-Powers said they are expecting the heat to continue through August, but she could not provide any estimates about what customers can expect.