Why is my bill higher in the winter?

In our region, November through March is typically when members use the most electricity due to cold weather. Here are other factors that cause energy use to increase:

  • Shorter days and longer nights mean more time indoors. That typically means more lights, TVs, appliances and vide games in use.
  • Heating systems run more. Even if you have a propane furnace, your electric use increases because electricity powers the blower motor in the furnace.
  • Holidays mean more guests, more hot showers, more cooking–all using electricity.
  • Block heaters use between 500 to 1,500 watts depending on the vehicle. So a car using a 500-watt heater would use 150 kWh a month plugged in at 10 hours a day.
  • Portable plug-in space heaters can dramatically increase your monthly bill as well. A 1,500 watt space heater used for 10 hours a day will use 450 kWh a month or $54.45.