The snow is fun, but utility bills are expensive

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The flurries are fun, but the frigid temperatures are expensive.

The extended cold weather has left many wondering how they are going to pay their utility bills.

Because it's so cold, people are just trying to heat their homes.

More people are getting help from assistance programs to pay their utility bill.

Project Share, an assistance program for low income elderly and disabled folks, has are helping people with $300 and $400 utility bills.

For those who don't have a home, they are seeking shelter from the cold.

Since Friday, the Boutwell Auditorium has served as a warming station.

It was in the lower 20's Monday night. Charles Kenyon, who is homeless, wonders how he would of made it through the night sleeping outdoors.

"I would be on in the cold yes," said Kenyon. "It would be real awful, wind blows it hits you, I got cover but it's not enough."

The warming station at the Boutwell Auditorium will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. through Thursday morning.

House fires are common when it's cold like this. Homeowners also should be very careful if you are using space heaters.