The poorest among us pay more than they can afford for their utility bills and energy assistance programs struggle to meet the demand.
As Lea Anne Shellberg knows, spring can be the most difficult time. Spring is when those power bills from the winter start piling up. A broken back and a recurring battle with skin cancer ended her career as an interior designer. When I first tried setting up an interview with her in mid-March, she was in trouble.
“This is gonna be fun,” she said, “we’re literally going to be sitting in the dark.”