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What to do if you can’t pay your utility bills

Written by Caitlin Ritchie

Edited by Hannah Hillson

Last updated 08/01/2023

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Key Points

  • Residential energy and natural gas prices have trended upward since 2021 and have continued to increase in 2023.
  • Studies show that 5.2 million households in the U.S. struggle to pay their energy bills.
  • If meeting your electricity bills has proven difficult, you can reach out to your energy provider for different payment options, take advantage of bill assistance programs, or find ways to lower your energy usage.
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