Why is my CoServ bill higher this month?
View more energy-saving tips and links at the bottom of this article.
Hard freezes cause HVAC systems to work harder to keep your house warm.
Electric and gas heaters run continuously day and night when it’s cold – even if you keep the thermostat at the same setting.
For example, on Jan. 1, the average temperature was 24 degrees. On the same date last year, the average temperature was 55 degrees. On Jan. 17, an average of 25 degrees was significantly lower than the 47 degrees on Jan. 17, 2017.
Members with all-electric homes will see higher bills than those who have both natural gas and electric services.
“In the monthly bills following a cold snap, we often are asked if we’ve raised rates,” said Josh Sterling, Energy Advisor Supervisor with CoServ. “But what has occurred is Members have used more energy. And with more usage comes higher costs.”
Members who log into their accounts on CoServ.com can track their energy usage and see how weather affects it. Here are several tips to help save energy and money:
- Set your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower during the winter
- Invest in a programmable thermostat to automatically raise or lower the temperature based on your daily patterns
- Replace filters on the Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Unit every 30 to 90 days
- Spin the ceiling fan clockwise to move air inside your home.
- During the time of day windows receive direct sunlight, open blinds and curtains to let heat in
- Check for leaks around windows, doors and ductwork
- Cover the firebox opening with tight-fitting metal or glass doors
- Opt for well-aged firewood, which burns cleaner and hotter
- If you have a pool pump, it will run continuously until the temperature reaches the freeze protection point. To avoid running it twice a day, set the pool pump to run either late at night or early in the morning.
- In homes with heat pumps, if you see the AUX (auxiliary) or emergency heat on the thermostat, it means you are consuming more energy than normal
If you see higher-than-normal consumption with no unusual weather conditions, please sign in to myacccount.coserv.com and, under Program Signup, request an Energy Assessment so that a member of our Energy Efficiency Team can assist you.