More people around Dothan are using less electricity.
One reason: the cooler summer weather has kept the air conditioner from running full time.
KWH Usage Compared to 2007 Based on Average Household Usage:
*May- down 39 kWh
*June- up 41 kWh
*July- down 105 kWh
So, on average we haven't consumed as much as we did last summer.
When looking at the basic rate, we may not see the increase.
However, don't start rejoicing just yet. There is a fuel adjustment rate that has increased this month.
Total Fuel Adjustment Feeds Paid by Dothan Utilities Customers:
Basically, how the above numbers break down is like this:
Average Usage: 1,013 kWh
Fuel Adjustment: $0.00800/kWh
Average Household Fuel Adjustment: $8.10
That may send your power bill a little higher than normal.
"Actually, cost has gone up slightly last year, but because the weather was mild, you won't notice it this much because you won't use as much energy," explains Richard Ash, Dothan Utilities Electric operations supervisor.
The main cause in the fuel adjustment increase, Ash says, is natural gas and the drought across parts of the United States.
Right now, it costs more to get both natural gas and water for power plants to convert to electricity, which means it's still costing you more.
"The market has been so volatile over the past couple of years with the cost of energy going up. We've been seeing higher fuel adjustments than we've ever seen before," adds Ash.
Energy experts say don't rule out the heat just yet.
The upcoming August and September months may not be as kind to the consumption rate.
Plus, Dothan Utilities leaders say they expect another fuel adjustment increase for the August billing.