Frigid winter puts pressure on Asheville’s Eblen
(Asheville Citizen-Times) The offices at Eblen Charities in Asheville are filling up each day with people in search of help with their heating bills. January was one of the coldest in recent memory, pushing up demand for electricity, natural gas and other heating sources. That will show up in higher heating costs across Western North Carolina. “Colder weather in general increases customers’ energy use, and with that increased usage comes increased bills,” said Kristina Hill, spokeswoman for Duke Progress Energy.
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