Expect a jump in energy bills this month

Published: Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM.

“It’s not going to feel good when those bills come out, I’m sure; but hopefully people will have some time to prepare and collect the extra money they may need to bite the bullet and pay the bill,” Taylor-Galizia said.

Kristina Hill, spokeswoman for Duke Energy Progress, said usage and bill-increase information would not be available until next week, but users can expect a bump in their bills.

“In general when it’s colder outside, usage is higher so if customers use more energy during the cold snaps that we have been having, they can expect to see that reflected in their bill. Also in general, even if a customer did not make any changes to their thermostat your electrical system is working much harder … so that is reflected in those bills as well,” she said.

The spokeswoman said there may be enough time to forget about this cold spell before the next bill arrives.

“If it happens to be more when they open the bill, we just ask them to remember … they can actually look on their bill and see how much energy they used during the period,” Taylor-Galizia said.

James Satterfield, owner of Airflow Masters Heating & Cooling, said that maintenance is key to keeping costs as low as possible.

He recommends having the HVAC system serviced twice a year. Service, he said, includes cleaning coils, changing filters and making sure the refrigerant is OK in it.

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