From late December through the first week of January, Wilson had record cold temperatures. We broke the 36 year old record for the most consecutive days at or below freezing. We didn’t see temperatures about freezing from December 31 until January 7. Lows were in the single digits many of those days.
This extreme cold wreaks havoc on utility bills. Nearly 50 percent of your electric usage (and even more for natural gas usage) comes from your heating system this time of year. We are seeing consumption up as much as 40 percent compared to last year. Your January utility bill will be higher than usual.
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing tips on how you can adapt your energy use habits to make it through the rest of the winter, as well as expanded customer service options to see our customers through this time of high usage.