Clarksville, TN – According to CDE Lightband, current residential bills increased on average by about 30 percent from the previous billing period due to the colder weather Clarksville experienced beginning around Thanksgiving.
Based on National Weather Service statistics maintained by CDE Lightband, December was about 26 percent colder than November. The last week of November and the month of December also saw several morning temperatures in the teens.
“For most residential customers, the heating system is the single largest user of energy in the home, whether fueled by electricity, gas, or some other source,” explains John Jackson, CDE Lightband energy services manager.
“The colder the weather outside, the longer the heating system must operate, even if the customer makes no change to the indoor thermostat. And on those extremely cold mornings, the auxiliary heat used by heat pump systems in many homes today works overtime,” Jackson added.
CDE Lightband suggests the following tips to help reduce winter energy bills:
- Set the indoor central heating thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting (68-70 degrees is recommended). If using space heaters, heat only occupied rooms.
- Change heat pump or furnace filters every month.
- Check the insulation level in the attic. R-30 to R-38 is recommended.
- Seal holes under bathtubs and other plumbing penetrations
CDE Lightband offers an In-Home Energy Evaluation that provides energy savings solutions for homeowners and offers incentives for energy improvements made by the customer.
Customers interested should call 1.866.441.1430.