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CDE Lightband explains Winter’s Higher Electric Bills

Clarksville Department of Electricity - CDE - CDE LightbandClarksville, TN – CDE Lightband reminds everyone that winter temperatures bring on higher electric bills. With December’s average high temperatures in the mid-forties, and eight days of temperatures in the teens, your heating system has been running.

Clarksville Weather, Electric Usage Correlation

So, how does this cause higher electric bills? The simple answer is “Auxiliary Heat”. Most Clarksville residents heat their homes with an electric air-source heat pump, which under the right conditions, can be a very efficient method of heating.

When outside temperatures fall below 30-35 degrees Fahrenheit, your heat pump needs additional help heating your home. This is where “Auxiliary Heat” comes in.

“Auxilary Heat” is electric resistive heat. “Auxiliary Heat” functions can use two to three times more electricity than normal heat pump operations. “Auxiliary Heat” is an automatic operation, so most customers will never even realize it’s on.

There were many occasions in December which made “Auxiliary Heat” necessary for our customers, and there will likely be many more this winter. Heating our homes will always impact our energy usage and can account for 60% of your bill.

If you have any questions concerning your increased energy usage please call CDE Lightband’s Energy Services Department at 931.553.7400. CDE can consult with customers about conserving energy and lowering electric bills.

About CDE Lightband

CDE Lightband Customer ServiceCDE Lightband is a municipally-owned public power and broadband service provider serving 67,000 electric and 19,000 broadband customers with the city limits of Clarksville, TN.

CDE Lightband provides reliable utilities delivered at the speed of light. Our service area, consisting of 100 square miles within the municipal boundaries, includes 892 miles of power lines and 960 miles of fiber optic cable.

Our world-class Fiber Optic Network keeps electric costs low and allows us to deliver exceptional products and constant innovation. The network provides savings of over $1 million annually in operating costs and provides over $5 million annually in income for electrical grid improvements that result in half as many large scale power outages compared to peer cities.

Additionally, access to our network increases home values by 3% or an average of over $5,000, according to the Fiber to the Home Council. Based in large part on access to the superior digital products provided by CDE Lightband, Clarksville has been designated a first 50 “Next Century City.”

CDE Lightband offers Electricity, Internet, Digital TV and Telephone services with blazing fast speed and superior performance … with the additional convenience of 24/7 local support and bundling all your utilities into a single bill.

Our staff includes 200 full-time employees, a management team with over 100 years of combined industry expertise and governance provided by a board of five local business leaders.

For more information, visit their website at www.cdelightband.com


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