Colder Weather Brings Higher Bills

Colder Weather Brings Higher Bills

The recent prolonged cold snap is going to be tough on many HCEC members. Our service territory has experienced extreme cold temperatures for a longer period than what we normally see this time of the year.  For fifteen days (12/23 – 01/06) our average temperature through the territory was 37°.  The highest demand for electricity during this period for our system was On Monday (January 1).  The usage for our entire system doubled from what it is on a typical day. 
 
To avoid “sticker shock” when winter heating bills arrive, you can pay on your electric account anytime you wish; you do not have to wait until the bill arrives in the mail or your email inbox. Pay ahead when you have money available to ease your mind and your wallet.
 
One of the easiest ways to do this is online. HCEC provides account payment and information services. You can sign in, check your account and make a payment 24/7. Click the ‘Account-Sign-in’ link on our website or download the HCEC app for your smartphone or tablet through the Apple store or Google Play.  To find the app, simply search ‘HCEC’ in your app store.
 
With electric heating using the largest share of electricity dollars for most homes right now, we recommend setting the thermostat no higher than 68 degrees when members are home.  We also suggest changing air filters. A clogged filter makes the heating system work even harder. Another energy saving tip is to open drapes or blinds on sunny winter days to allow the sun's rays to warm the house, but close them at night.
 
Even with lowered thermostat settings and other energy-saving measures, members need to be aware the increased work put on heating systems during extremely cold weather will require more electricity.
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