Bigger electricity bills putting strain on families

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Willie Taylor is still in shock after opening his Dayton Power & Light bill for last month. It was $335.

“I just don’t get it.  This is a one-bedroom apartment and I don’t understand, having my heat cut on at 70 degrees.  It’s still cold in here,” says Taylor.

He and his wife moved into this new apartment on Riverside Drive in December.

Taylor says their first electric bill was $178.

That’s when he took steps to try to save energy like switching over to energy-efficient light bulbs.

“In December, I had this thing cut up to 75 to 80.  And when I got that first bill, now I have it down to in between 69 and 70,” explains Taylor.

Both he and his wife are on Social Security disability.

Right now, his wife is in the hospital.

“It’s been very stressful.  I’m always worrying about her,” says Taylor.

With a fixed income, he is going to set up a payment plan but says he’s worried about the next  bill.

“Once I pay this bill of, I won’t have a dime left to my name,” comments Taylor.

And Taylor says they’re going to try to cut down on costs even more.

“We’ll just get some big hoodies and jackets and we’ll just have to deal with it,” explains Taylor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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