A perfect storm — or rather a lack of anything resembling a rain cloud — has some residents fearing what could be an unusually expensive summer on the home front.

“We’re being very conservative on our electric bill at the moment,” said Ray Jones, a resident of the Upper Kirby District inside Houston’s Loop, adding that even with the thermostat set at 76 degrees his electricity bill is still about the same as last year’s $250 for the most recent month.

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