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Weather is one of the biggest factors when it comes to electric usage, especially during the coldest months of the year. With current temperatures staying at or below the freezing mark and more people staying inside, more electricity is being used to heat homes and businesses, which leads to higher electric bills.

Even if you never adjust your thermostat, the weather is always changing. The greater the difference between your thermostat setting and the outside temperature, the harder your heating system will work to reach and maintain your thermostat’s set point. This leads to additional electricity consumption, which then leads to higher bills.

Please know that SVEC has not increased rates to member-owners this winter.

Other reasons for higher bills include:

  • We tend to use more electricity by staying inside watching TV, using computers, playing video games, etc.
  • Some people take long, hot showers or baths to warm up. Electric water heaters are the second largest energy consumer in a home.
  • Using space heaters or fireplaces, which are inefficient sources of heat.

For more information on how the weather affects your bill, and to analyze your bill, please visit our Home Energy Advisor by clicking here: Home Energy Advisor

Additional information about your bill, including graphics showing your usage, are available by talking to a Member Service Representative at 1-800-234-7832 or visiting any SVEC office.