Heat bill rises again amid heat wave

WASHINGTON — Heat bills have risen again after an earlier spike in August, with many residents complaining of heat illness after temperatures soared above 100 degrees.

While heat-related bills have climbed this summer, the average bill for a heat-insulated home climbed to $7,822, a 20% increase from last year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

In some places, the increase in heat-in-waiting bills is much larger than the previous summer.

In Milwaukee, for instance, the number of heat-weary households jumped to about 8,000 from about 5,400 last year.

Heat-weariness bills for nonresidential properties rose sharply to $19,934 in 2016 from $12,742 in 2015, according the Census Bureau’s most recent figures.

But the number rose again in 2017 to $25,838, and by 2018 it was up to $39,908.

In Chicago, the bill climbed to nearly $34,000 last year from $15,500 in 2016.

In Houston, it climbed to more than $43,000 in 2016, then rose to nearly a quarter of a million last year before dropping to about 3,000 homes.

The heat bill for an average home in Milwaukee rose to $5,946 last year after averaging $2,722 in 2016 and $1,837 in 2015.

The median bill was $9,854, the highest in the state, up from $6,085 in 2016 when it was $4,094.

The heat bill jumped a bit in 2017, but it was still the fourth-highest in the country, according a recent analysis by Bloomberg.

The median bill in Chicago climbed to about $10,000 for a typical two-bedroom, $1.5 million house in May from $788 in 2016 but dropped to $1 and $2 million in 2018 and 2019.

In Milwaukee, the heat-waited bill jumped to nearly 8,500 homes last year and rose to about 7,400 in 2018.

Milwaukee’s Heatwave Index is at an all-time high, the Census reported, with heat-wave-related costs at $1 million in August and nearly $2.3 billion in 2021.

In Cleveland, the Heatwave index rose to almost $3.3 million in July from $1 in July 2016.

Heatwave-associated costs for nonresidents in Cleveland climbed to almost half of the city’s $5.9 billion in 2020.

Heatwave-Related BillsFor nonresids, the median bill for heat-wearing households increased to $18,715 in 2017 from $13,567 in 2016 as the city reported record heat-risk levels, according Census figures.

The Heatwave Indicator shows the likelihood of experiencing heat-based illness for a given household in the U