Not only has Texas had record-breaking temperatures, the state also had record-breaking energy consumption, leading to expensive energy bills.

Electric companies are trying to work with customers on high bills or suggest agencies that might be able to help. But the No. 1 step electric companies suggest customers take toward reducing bills is conservation.

“We’re all kind of suffering through the hot weather,” said Ethan Cox, customer service manager for Denton Municipal Electric.

Energy costs for DME customers, both residential and commercial, are “10 [percent] to 12 percent higher than they were last July,” Cox said.

And the electric company is anticipating August will be similar.

Read more at the Denton Record-Chronicle.