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Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) wants to make members aware that with a stretch of hot temperatures in the forecast, higher electric bills could result because of increased electric use. Summertime usually means higher cooling bills, but the temperatures are expected to be even warmer than usual in the coming days. With highs approaching 100, significant increases in electric bills could be possible.

With temperatures at or near triple digits, more people stay inside, and more electricity is being used to cool homes and businesses, which leads to higher total electric bills.

Rates have not increased for any of SVEC’s members during this time period. Higher bills this time of year are a direct result of greater electricity consumption.

SVEC understands members’ concerns about these unusually high bills. The cooperative would like to remind members to control electricity use by being aware of how much energy is being consumed, and taking appropriate conservation measures. Information about how to best conserve energy is available here, and Energy Saver booklets are available at all district offices. Also, the free and voluntary Beat the Peak program helps the cooperative hold down electric rates by getting members to reduce consumption during high peak demand times. More information on this program is available at

Additional resources are in the Energy Resource Center by clicking here.

A few basic summertime conservation tips are:

  • Set thermostats at 78, and turn up higher when not at home.
  • Close curtains and drapes to keep out sunlight.
  • Only use ceiling fans while you occupy a room.
  • Turn off lights when not in use.
  • Limit length of showers and baking. The extra moisture released by cooking, bathing and other activities makes it much harder for your air conditioner to cool your home efficiently.