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Frigid weather extends to electrical usage and bills
Radford, Va.-With frigid temperatures in December and January, City of Radford electric customers may have higher electric bills due to higher usage of electricity.Radford’s energy purchase for the month of December 2017 was 40% higher than the November 2017 purchase and January 2018 energy purchase is the highest in four years. As a result of these colder temperatures, we anticipate customers who heat their homes and offices with electric heating systems to see an increase in their electrical usage during the December and January time period. This will result in higher January and February electric bills. When outside temperatures get extremely cold heating systems run longer to maintain warm temperatures inside our homes and offices. When the outside temperature is 50 degrees heating systems might only need to run a few minutes each hour to maintain the inside temperature, but when the temperature drops below freezing the system runs more often and longer to maintain the indoor thermostat setting.
Radford does have a budget payment plan for electric bills, if needed, please contact the Billing and Service Office for more information at 540-731-3602.
To improve energy efficiency in your home follow the tips below:
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HEAT FROM THE SUN
COVER DRAFTY WINDOWS
ADJUST THE TEMPERATURE
FIND AND SEAL LEAKS
MAINTAIN YOUR HEATING SYSTEMS
REDUCE HEAT LOSS FROM THE FIREPLACE