As the snowstorms and freezing temperatures continue to hit Texas, power bills are soaring.
One woman has shared the extortionate rate in which hers has increased and it's left the internet well and truly shocked...
Things in Texas are bad right now.
With freezing temperatures and power grid failures, residents are struggling.
And even when the weather does finally improve, it seems many residents will be left to deal with the aftermath of it.
Our grocery stores right now in south texas pic.twitter.com/wPaOddOwuU— Lorraine Martinez (@LorraineM2010) February 18, 2021
Including paying their sky high bills.
Keep scrolling for the full story.
Right now, a winter storm is wreaking havoc in numerous southern U.S states...
And Texas is perhaps the worst affected.
According to The Guardian, professionals have noted that the heating of the arctic may be to blame for these crazy changes in the weather.
Especially for the snowstorms that have been brutally hitting the people of Texas.
They explained the situation:
"[Experts claim] there is evidence that the rapid heating of the Arctic can help push frigid air from the north pole much further south, possibly to the US-Mexico border."
Things have gotten so bad in the last few weeks that people have been forced to evacuate their homes...
And due to the addition of heavy snowstorms and below-freezing temperatures, the state has been left completely powerless in most areas.
And not only that, but twenty-four deaths have been reported so far...
Brutal cold hung over Texas and the central United States on Tuesday, bringing chaos to parts of the U.S. not used to severe winter weather.— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 17, 2021
At least 23 people died across four states, from icy roads and other weather-related incidents.https://t.co/o8gGy927p2 pic.twitter.com/YlB1XYtPDT
And as temperatures continue to fall, this number is set to rise.
Texans are doing their best to push through this difficult period...
We are deploying plainclothes officers in unmarked vehicles across the city looking for anyone burglarizing residences or businesses during power outages. This is a natural disaster and penalty enhancements can lead to 20 year prison sentences. If you need help there are services— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) February 17, 2021
But with little to no options, some have been forced to make do with what they've got.
People have been taking to social media to share their bizarre new living situations during the unbearable temperatures...
Update:— Castro1021 (@Castro1021) February 17, 2021
48+ hours without power..... pic.twitter.com/4No8rXxpNp
Including Twitch streamer Edwin Castro who has been playing video games and streaming in the comfort of his car due to the power cuts.
This Twitter user shared this shocking photo of their fan...
This is how cold it is at my Apartment.— 𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐀𝐒 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 ☩ (@ThomasBlackGG) February 16, 2021
As a Texan, yes, I'm certainly not built for this. I don't even care. pic.twitter.com/FMt8imglJp
That had literally frozen to the ceiling and had icicles dangling down from it.
This is something that hasn't been experienced for decades...
It’s so cold in my Texas town that this container of snow has been sitting in my garage for 2 days and has not melted 😬 pic.twitter.com/60lFBcQXTH— LoLo (@kacchanluvsdeku) February 17, 2021
And right now, people aren't quite sure what to do.
Because Texas is usually a very warm state...
Yes, I'm in Texas. Yes, we arent used to super cold temperatures. But I've never seen my pool starting to freeze. pic.twitter.com/DUcttqLWkv— 𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐀𝐒 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 ☩ (@ThomasBlackGG) February 15, 2021
And people are feeling very unnerved seeing their swimming pools become completely frozen over.
Who knows how long this nightmare will last...
But, it seems as if things are nowhere near close to returning back to normal.
And now, one woman has shared the reality of what the storm will cost.
As she's revealed the astonishing price of her power bill.
Though some people on the internet have very little sympathy...
Millions of people across Texas are still without power but for those lucky enough to have it, they're paying the price.
As reported by Reuters, the spot price of wholesale electricity on the Texas power grid spiked more than 10,000%.
Prices were sent soaring from the usual below $50 per megawatt-hour per hour up to $9,000.
And those particularly effected by the increase are customers of Griddy.
Griddy uses an interesting business model whereby customers pay a flat monthly fee of $9.99 and then are sold raw power at its going wholesale value.
But due to the failure, costs surged so much so that even Griddy encouraged customers to switch providers.
One of those hit by Griddy's surge in costs is Akilah Scott-Amos.
Since receiving a message from her power company urging her to switch, Scott-Amos has been hit with absurd bills.
Scott-Amos spoke to The Daily Beast and said, "I paid $450 for one day. I was in shock."
"It made no sense because we have a gas heater, a gas fireplace, and we have been keeping the temperature around the house at 65 degrees. With that amount of money, and the labeled amount of usage Griddy said was used—we would have to be lighting up the whole neighborhood."
And it only continued to get worse for the forty-three-year-old as her bill increased again by another $2,500.
"I don't have that type of money," she said. "I now owe Griddy $2,869.11. This is going to put me in debt, this is going to mess up my credit. Are they going to cut me off? In the middle of this ongoing crisis?"
While her bills are outrageous, Scott-Amos acknowledges that she's lucky as she said, "This is a double-edged sword."
"Thankfully we have power, but at what price? We are using it minimally and getting charged thousands. Most people I know don't even have power, and I'm getting these outrageous bills."
And now, in a video posted to her Instagram she's revealed that her bill sits at around $6000.
She said, "They didn't give me my numbers exactly but i'm in the $6000's now."
And it's likely to keep increasing...
We hope that the people of Texas are holding up okay during these difficult times.