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Lower temps = higher energy use

Lower temperatures equate to higher energy use this time of year. The below chart is taken from SmartHub and illustrates the correlation between temperature and energy use. If your bill is higher than usual, call us to discuss ways to save. A member service representative can offer resources on saving energy. They can help you evaluate payment options like Pay As You Go, Levelized and AutoPay. A representative can also help you sign up for SmartHub to keep tabs on your energy use during the month - before it's billed. Please call us at 580.652.2418 during regular business hours, M-F, 8-5, or email

SmartHub Usage Chart

Factors that may influence your electric bill during extreme cold include:

  • Using space heaters - Sometimes people supplement their heating system with space heaters, which increases energy usage.
  • Extreme cold -  When a thermostat is set at 68 degrees and it is 19 degrees outside, heating systems have to work hard to make up that 49-degree difference. Your HVAC unit and your water heater work harder and cycle on and off more often, making your usage much higher.
  • All-electric homes with air-source heat pumps - Back-up emergency heat strips may come on during freezing temperatures causing increased usage. They are designed to do this but members need to be aware it will impact their bill.

Again, call TCEC to ask for help understanding your energy use and payment options.

Published: January 25, 2018

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