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EXPECTED COLD WINTER TEMPERATURES MAY CAUSE HIGHER THAN NORMAL ELECTRIC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

From:  Gregory S. Beavers, MPPA

110 West Columbia

Farmington, Missouri 63640

573.756.1701

gbeavers@farmington-mo.gov

EXPECTED COLD WINTER TEMPERATURES MAY CAUSE HIGHER THAN NORMAL ELECTRIC USAGE

Farmington, Missouri (January 3, 2019) –During periods of extended cold weather residential energy demand and consumption generally increases to maintain indoor air temperatures.  Utility customers with either electric or natural gas heat may see an impact on their electric bill as a result of higher than normal electric usage required to heat their homes.

“Farmington does not increase its utility rates seasonally and higher utility bills are a result of greater energy use by individual customers. The per-kilowatt hour of electric consumption charged by the City is stable and has not been increased since 2013.  The City purchases wholesale energy through the Missouri Public Energy Pool which has both ownership position and long term energy contracts from a number of resources to help ensure price stability”, said Gregory S. Beavers, City Administrator.

Customers can help reduce electric bills by taking a few simple steps to reduce their energy usage:

  • Adjust the thermostat. Lowering the thermostat just a few degrees can save several dollars each month on your utility bill.
  • Turn down the hot water heater. Make sure the water is not being heated more than 120 degrees.
  • Unplug appliances and electronics that are not being used. The US Department of Energy says that 5% – 10% of your energy bill is due to appliances that are plugged in 24 hours a day.
  • Keep your home sealed tight. Install weather stripping around windows and doors and install insulation pads behind outlet covers on exterior walls.
  • Install plastic coverings over windows where needed to prevent drafts.

If you are unable to pay your utility bill, you may be eligible for financial assistance or a deferred payment plan for your utility bill.  Contact the City Light and Water Office at 110 W. Columbia (573) 756-2620.

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