How Usage Peaks Will Impact Coming Electric Bills

Officials with Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative would like to remind members that on the mornings of January 2nd and January 17th new peak levels of electricity usage were set. The new peak levels were set due to the extremely low temperatures that were recorded in the HOEC service area. The National Weather Service reported low air temperatures in the single digits and wind chill temperatures in the negatives.

The biggest factor impacting electric bills is the amount of electricity consumed by members. During periods where temperatures are at an extreme, members demand more electricity to heat their homes and cook their meals. As a result of increased usage of electricity during the two separate peaks, members most likely will see a higher bill that is due on February 1st and March 1st. The peak that was set on January 2nd will affect the February 1st due billing cycle and the January 17th peak will affect the March 1st due billing cycle. This, again, was caused by a higher than normal member usage. Winter Peaks are typically set between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. as members prepare for their work and school day by showering, preparing breakfast, using more heat, etc.

“The most effective and inexpensive way to save energy is to not use it. Winter peaks are more difficult for all of us to control. We need heat at sufficient levels to keep us warm. That said, electrical usage, other than for necessities, can be alternated to the early afternoon hours in order to reduce the impact of reaching a new peak level,” said Myles Smith, Manager of Member Services at Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative.

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