Iowans owe a record breaking $46-million in utility bills.
Nearly 250,000 households owe money. That`s up four-percent from a year ago, but the amount of money owed increased by almost 40 percent compared to February of last year.
The Des Moines Community Action Agency helps administer Iowa’s Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for low income Iowans.
Administrator Marci Rafdal says she`s not surprised by the amount of money Iowans owe. “It just happens when it gets colder; we use more natural gas, more electricity to keep our selves warm. So yes, very understandable that the bills would be higher.”
If you need financial help paying your utility bills officials recommend applying for LIHEAP. You have until April 30th to do so.