Denver Residents Rally for Legislative Action on Utility Bills as Public Utilities Commission Releases Affordability Plan1 min read
Mottler was out of work and low on cash, to the point that she and her 81-year-old mother, who lives in an auxiliary dwelling unit behind her house in west Denver, weren’t able to eat without help from a food pantry. The hefty Xcel bill was completely impossible — and turning down the heat wasn’t an option.
“Once she had gotten so cold, her teeth chattered so violently she broke a tooth,” Mottler says of her mother. “So she’s really afraid of being too cold. … Part of that heating cost is keeping her comfortable during the winter. I take that responsibility seriously.”
Speaking at an April 12 rally focusing on utility bill affordability, Mottler described how she lost her job in…
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