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What to expect on your November electric bill

 

Fall had a few false starts in October with temperatures reaching 90 degrees or higher on four days. Overall, the average temperature for the month was 72 degrees Fahrenheit, 7 degrees warmer than the same period a year ago. 

The warmer temperatures could translate to higher electric usage for CoServ Members because they had to use more air conditioning.

One caveat to that would be that a year ago more people were working or doing school from home than now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If people aren’t home during the day anymore, that could lead to less energy usage.

The average high temperature was 83.2 degrees, up 7.3 degrees from a year ago. As a result, October had a 63 percent increase in cooling degree days compared to last year.

Cooling degree days are used to quantify how much air conditioning is used based on the average temperature above 65 degrees. If the average temperature for a day is 72 degrees, that’s 7 cooling degree days. Overall, October 2021 had 239 cooling degree days.

At the other end of the scale, there were only 15 heating degree days compared to 141 a year ago. That means CoServ Members barely needed their heaters at all in October.

October was also a rainy month with nearly 3 inches of rain, twice the normal amount.




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