Low Temps, Higher Electric Bill

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

In the past two weeks, thousands of people in the Wiregrass have bundled up and pushed their thermostats to the max.

Turning up the heat as the temperatures continue to drop has become a constant norm for the past couple of weeks.

Laura Thornton, with Pea River Electric Cooperative said, “We're just not used to the consistent cold weather and that's contributed heavily to the increase in the electric bills."

Thornton says the chilly weather has caused around a 30 percent increase in customers bills.

Power South, who supplies Pea River, recently hit a record mark, peaking at 2382 mega watts, which are almost 300 extra watts than what they had expected.

"It's not necessarily the peak that's costing customers, its actually just the increased usage from the things that I mentioned, like you know the heat pump, the water heater heating water," Thornton explained.

One of the biggest and possibly one of the easiest ways to save you money on your electric bill is adjusting your thermostat.

It's recommended that you keep it at 68 degrees. If that's too cold for you, then adjust it to what keeps you comfortable, but turn it down to 68 when you leave.

Some think turning the system completely off will save money, but it's just the opposite. When you come back home it takes more energy to heat your entire home; more energy means more money.

Officials with Alabama Power are feeling the heat too.

So far, they've hit five consecutive record peaks.

For customers, they're just hoping to feel the heat outside and not on their bill.

Alabama Power offers an option called budget billing that could help you.

Each month will be based off of your billing average from the previous year.

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