You may be shelling out more cash out than you expected for utilities this month after a very cold start to the new year.
If you are struggling to pay those bills, there may be some relief.
Alabama Power says they have some assistance programs set up for customers who are having trouble paying their utility bill.
You can either call the Alabama Power office and discuss it with a representative or call the Red Cross or community action agency to see if you are eligible.
you can also request an expert to come to your home free of charge.
"We have professionals you can request that in our local office or call to our customer care center to request that energy audit to find ways to save a few dollars here or there when we have extreme heat or extreme cold," said Mike Jordan Alabama Power spokesman.
Alagasco customers who are eligible can also get help in paying their bills.