Weather plays the biggest role in the amount of energy you use and how it impacts your power bill. When the temperature drops, your heating system is working overtime to keep your home warm. Almost half of the energy in your home goes to heating and cooling – and it can be even more than that when we’re seeing colder weather.

The good news is there are simple changes you can make today to help you save energy and lower your bills.

Why is my bill so high?

Many factors play a role in driving up your energy bill, including:

  • Colder weather, which can lead to increased use of your heater and other appliances.
  • Old and inefficient heating systems, which can require significantly more energy to keep your home warm.
  • Billing cycle days, which can vary from month to month, ranging between 28-35 days. Your billing cycle could coincide with multiple cold weather snaps, which can drive up your energy usage and your bill for that month.
  • More time at home and/or more people in the home, which can lead to higher energy usage.

Lower your bill with these 3 simple steps:

  1. Understand your energy usage: See and compare how much energy (kWh) you’re using by viewing your previous days’ usage. Log in to your account and learn more. View your usage»
  2. Get a personalized breakdown of where you’re using energy: Understand how your home is using energy and get tips on how to save. Energy checkup»
  3. Make simple changes: Small changes to the way you use energy can have big impacts on your bill. Try easy saving tips»

Remember, if you’re struggling to keep up with your bill, there are resources available to help. In many cases, we are able to provide payment extensions to eligible customers. There also are financial assistance resources available with the help of local community agencies.