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Albemarle EMC members will likely see higher power bills from January usage, due to the extremely cold weather the area encountered.
During the cold snap, the cooperative reached a peak demand of 91 megawatts, which is the highest the co-op has ever recorded.
“Members should be prepared to receive power bills that are higher than what they are accustomed to this time of year,” said Gary Ray, general manager of Albemarle EMC. “Everyone who was using electricity to heat their homes during this cold period will see higher bills.”
Beginning on January 1st, the temperatures only rose above freezing for one day during a six-day period. The high bills are a result of heating systems working overtime to keep homes at a comfortable temperature.
Members can reduce their electricity consumption by turning their thermostats down to 65 degrees or lower. Electric space heaters should be used sparingly to heat confined spaces for short amounts of time. Also, homes should be properly insulated, and gaps around windows and doors should be sealed.
Periods of high demand can stress a power grid considerably. In the winter, peak demand typically occurs between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Members can help the cooperative reduce the peak demand by limiting power consumption during those times of the day. This could include turning down your thermostat or doing laundry in the afternoons rather than the mornings.
For more information, please call the cooperative at (252) 426-5735.
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