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Posted on: December 7, 2018

Conservation practices can help lower utility bills


 HENDERSON, Ky. – Early season reports from the Kentucky PSC with a forecast for lower utility bills have not held true.

Instead, higher than anticipated costs for natural gas and early cold temperatures are teaming up to indicate that consumers can expect to see increases in their utility bills, likely throughout the winter season.

“Our cost for natural gas is higher than last year,” said Owen Reeves, director of Henderson Municipal Gas. “It is up noticeably since last year, and January rates for December consumption will be higher.”

Reeves said he expects that to remain the case for the next few months.

“In the long run, natural gas will retreat to lower costs, but the exact timing cannot be predicted,” he said. “So as good stewards, conservation is recommended to help lower your costs.”

Some things consumers can do to help themselves conserve, whether you use natural gas to heat your home or simply have a few gas-fueled appliances:

Seal it up

  • Check for leaks around windows, doors, and other openings to the outside. Seal these leaks with caulk and keep the warmth in.
  • For the biggest savings, add insulation in the attic.
  • Installing storm windows can also reduce heat loss through windows by approximately 10-20 percent.

Cover it up

  • Cover bare floors with carpet.
  • Wrap old water heaters with proper insulating jackets.  Insulate your plumbing.

Clean it up

  • Have your furnace inspected regularly by a qualified professional and change filters once per month.
  • Make sure your dryer filter is lint free.
  • Regularly change your air filter in your HVAC system

Change your ways

  • Wash cold. Whenever possible, use the cold water setting on your washing machine.
  • When it's cold outside but also sunny, open the blinds during the day to let the sun help heat your home.
  • Save money by lowering your thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range you’ll save up to 5 percent on heating costs.
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat to automate your HVAC system.
  • Turn down the water heater. Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees F.
  • Cook up energy savings. Use a smaller pan if possible and put a lid on it so the food cooks faster. Use the microwave to heat food whenever possible.

Consider using budget billing if you are a utility customer of the City of Henderson. Customers who haven’t had any late payments for the last 12 months qualify for budget billing, which takes and average of the last 12 bills and adds a 5 percent contingency for rate increases and atypical weather. Utility customers pay the average amount each month.

The budget-billed amount is adjusted at the end of a 12-year cycle if the amount is exceeding or failing to cover the amount of consumption.

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