The historic winter storm that caused Texas’ power grid to fail may be subsiding, but the consequences will continue for weeks as residents learn about their impossibly high electricity bills.
NBC News reported Friday on the story of Jose Del Rio, whose electricity bill has steadily increased during the low temperatures. Del Rio is trying to sell a two-bedroom home that he no longer lives in, and was shocked to discover that his electricity bill was $630 this month instead of the typical $150. In addition to his account already being charged the higher amount, Del Rio has been told he owes an additional $2,600.
“If worse comes to worst, I have the ability to put it on a credit card or figure something out,” Del Rio told NBC. “There is no one living in that house. All the lights are off. But I have the air at 60 because I don’t want the pipes to freeze.”