High Usage in Late January Will Impact March 1 Bills

Officials with Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative would like to remind members that on the morning of January 17th a peak level of electricity usage was set. The new peak level was set due to the extremely low temperatures that were recorded in the Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative 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 peak, members most likely will see a higher bill that is due on March 1st. 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.

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