What to expect on your January bill
December 2023 marked the end of the so-called shoulder months and the beginning of the transition into winter. The average temperature went from 57.8 degrees in November to 52.8 degrees in December.
The more the average outside temperature deviates from 65 degrees (the assumed perfect temperature where no climate control is needed), the more energy will be consumed.
Based on the average temperature in North Texas for December:
- The HDD increased by 53 percent from November to December.
- Utilities and the government use a measurement called Heating Degree Days (HDD) and Cooling Degree Days (CDD) to measure energy demand over a period of time. Click here to learn how to calculate HDD and CDD.
- Energy usage should be lower for December 2023 compared to the same month last year.
- The average temperature was 2.1 degrees warmer this year and the HDD dropped by 19 percent.
- December was also a rainy month with 3.55 inches of rain in North Texas, nearly three-quarters of an inch above normal.
CoServ Electric Members
CoServ Members should expect energy usage to be higher for December compared to November if they have electric heating. There were 15 nights where the temperature dipped to 40 degrees or below, which likely required Members to turn on the heater.
Residential electricity rates stayed consistent for January so Members will pay the same rate they paid in December. The average CoServ Member using 2,000 kilowatt-hours will pay about $250, based on CoServ’s Standard Residential plan.
CoServ Gas Customers
CoServ Gas Customers will pay less per cubic foot in January, just in time for the chill of winter. Overall, the residential rate will be 2 cents less per CCF for the month.
For an average CoServ Gas Customer using 75 CCF, that saves about $1.55 on your next bill.