Higher Bills Follow Colder Weather

Higher Bills Follow Colder Weather

This winter has been one of the coldest on record, even colder at times than 2014’s Polar Vortex. Extended cold weather mean we’re all using more energy to heat our homes, and spending more time indoors. This adds up to higher energy bills, especially since last winter was milder than normal. For instance, average temperatures were 13 degrees lower in January 2018 versus January 2017.

Additional factors that could affect your bill include:

  • The number of days between meter readings in a billing cycle. We try to keep the average number of days billed each month to 30, but a few days more or less could make your bill higher or lower than previous months.
  • Having a new person living in your home.
  • Remodeling or adding a new appliance.
  • Anything that creates heat (tank heaters, heat tapes, portable space heaters, etc.) will use more power to maintain temperatures against the colder weather outside.

We can help with payment arrangements, and we offer several payment options to save time, postage, and even the cost of checks.

Assistance options are listed on our website here. If you're struggling to pay your bill, 2-1-1 will connect you with local helping agencies. Dial 2-1-1 or visit MI211.org.

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