Cotton Electric members and customers of other utilities across southwest Oklahoma have been surprised by their power bills recently. Energy consumption in every form has increased lately.
For the most part, it is because of very cold weather the area has experienced over the past two months. This means home heating systems have been working a lot harder and using a lot more energy.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a heating and air conditioning system accounts for 54 percent of a home’s energy consumption. The DOE also states that every degree the system has to achieve adds about 3 percent to its daily energy use and, in turn, the power bill.