Heat Will Mean Bigger Bills

7 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Friday, July 23 2010 Jul 23, 2010 Friday, July 23, 2010 6:41:08 AM CDT July 23, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - The heat wave can mean a rise in your monthly utility bill. As central Missouri continues to have blistering days, homeowners are starting to worry about their electric bills.

"We're getting ready to approach a time where the temperatures are going to be a lot hotter than what they have been in the past," said Chis Rohlfing, with Boone Electric Cooperative. "So because of that, a lot of the members are going to experience higher bills, not because their electricity rates are going up, but because they're going to be consuming a lot more electrical energy. Understand that the electric cooperatives of Mid-Missouri have plenty of generation we can meet the need."

Electricity operatives are still very much within their safety margins to generate power. A representative from Columbia Water & Light said the utility is prepared for the increase in use of electricity. The amount of energy used is well below the peak load that was set in 2006. The peak load is 272 megawatts, and currently the amount is only 232 megawatts.

About 44 percent of your electric bill goes to the heating and cooling of your home. In order to keep the utility bill at an affordable rate, homeowners need to focus on their thermostat. For every degree lowered on the thermostat, your electricity rate cost will increase. For example, if you normally keep your thermostat at 78 degrees, moving it down to 77 degrees can increase your percent of cost increase can be as much as 8%.

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