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Opinion | Got a high MLGW bill? Here's your way out of it | Richard Ransom

The utility doesn't advertise the program much, but Anchor Richard Ransom said it's as simple as a call.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — If you haven't gotten a high MLGW bill, you will soon.

To avoid sticker shock, what if I told you there's a solution that would allow you to budget each month by paying the same amount with no surprise in bills in the summer or winter?

MLGW doesn't advertise it much, but the utility calls it Budget Billing. I've taken advantage of it for years. It's as simple as a call. 

To qualify, you must have an active account, live at the same address for at least six months and you must be current with your bills with nothing past due.

Anyone who meets those requirements qualifies. 

MLGW averages your utility usage over that time and then recalculates based on your previous usage every March. This way, you know almost every month how much you owe, and it makes it much easier to budget for. 

To enroll, all you have to do is call 901-544-6549. 

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