Winter Weather Increases Electric Bills

January Snow

If your home’s heating source is electric, you probably dread opening up your electric bill each January and February. These months are traditionally the coldest of the year and this January hasn’t broken with tradition. Temperatures for much of the month remained cold and that means many Co-op members used more power in January than they did in December.

If you notice a higher than normal energy bill this month, it is almost certainly a result of the cold weather. Members with heat pumps will likely see higher bills than those with other heating systems. Heat pumps are not as efficient when temperatures fall below freezing and units often need to use back-up or auxiliary heating sources to keep homes warm. We advise members with heat pumps not to change their thermostats more than a few degrees at a time. These systems run most efficiently when the thermostat is set at a constant temperature.