You sometimes probably wonder why your electricity bill goes up and down, and is higher at certain times of the year. If you’re paying close attention, you may have noticed that the spikes generally occur during the cold winter months and warm summer months. That’s because your heating and cooling system is working harder during these months to keep the inside of your home comfortable. Typically our highest energy use periods of the year will occur in January through March and then again June through September. When there is a larger difference between the outside air temperature and the temperature you have the inside of your home set at, you use more energy to maintain the comfortable setting you like.
During the winter, the cold weather means our heating systems are running, sometimes constantly, to give us relief from the frigid temperatures. If you are closely tracking your energy use through our online member services portal, you will notice that when the temperatures drop, your energy use rises. We also tend to stay at home more when the weather is cold. By spending more time at home, we’re also using lights, heat, TVs and other electronics. All of this adds up to an increase in energy use.
So when you receive your January bill, be sure to compare energy use. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 919-774-4900.