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.

He said while record June temperatures, which have topped 100 degrees, will eventually add to the cost of cooling his home, the drought will likely cost him and his neighbors far more in the long run.

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