Power back, but Texans stormed with thousand-dollar electricity bills

Consumers are facing sky-high payments in the aftermath of the storm, with many taking to social media to show electricity bills ranging as high as $8,000

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Yueqi Yang | Bloomberg
After enduring a wretched week of Arctic storms, hunger and cold, several Texans were handed another pain point — massive electricity bills.
 
Houston resident David Astrein, 36, a human resources director at a manufacturing company, said he’s been charged $2,738.66 so far this month versus $129.85 in January for a three-bedroom home with a detached garage. He and his wife stopped using their dishwasher, washer and dryer, and turned on as few lights as possible at night. They kept the heat on for their 5-month old son.
 
Astrein is one of a swath of consumers facing sky-high payments

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First Published: Feb 22 2021 | 1:30 AM IST

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