High Power Bills, Poor Houses Accentuate Poverty

Homes in Atlanta’s Dixie Hills neighborhood, such as the one where Brittany Cofield lives, are a modest 900 square feet, smaller than many apartments. But there is nothing modest about their energy consumption.

Cofield said she frequently hears her mother complain about their electric bill, which averages $300 a month. One month it was $1,000, said Cofield, 22. The family often turns off the thermostat to the upstairs of the rented house when they are downstairs, to help manage their utility bills

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