Cold Snap Spikes Energy Bills, How You Can Save Moving Forward

What To Expect Your Energy Bill To Be This Month

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The cold snap that left the Carolinas in a deep freeze is finally over. While the ice and snow are melting, your energy most likely has risen during the cold snap. 

"Extremely low temperatures typically will cause a spike," said Meghan Miles with Duke Energy. 

Temperatures that reached single digits led to Duke Energy customers using more than energy than ever. 

This past Friday, a new record was set with people using a whopping 21,623 megawatt-hours which eclipsed the record during the Arctic blast of February 2015 when customers used 21,101 megawatt-hours. 

"We saw energy usage rise about 20-25 percent," recalled Miles of the similar cold blast in 2015, which could equally spell a higher energy bill. 

PSNC Energy tells NBC Charlotte that an average customer with $130 energy bill could see a spike of $50 to $60 dollars for the month of January. 

They added that if we see unseasonably warm temperatures in the coming weeks then bills could even out. 

2 Wants to Know reached out to Piedmont Natural Gas who said its winter bill forecast is about $115 a month. That's for a typical customer who uses the average amount of gas. 

Here are 5 things you can do to save money: 

  1. Leave your blinds or drapes open on sunny, winter days but close them at night to help insulate your home 
  2. Have your HVAC system checked annually by a heating & air conditioning contractor 
  3. Change your air filters regularly
  4. Replace standard bulbs with CFL or LED bulbs. 
  5. Reduce thermostat to lowest comfortable home setting

If your family is a Duke Energy customer and need help paying bills, the company offers programs that provide financial assistance to help with heating costs. For more information, you can click the link HERE.

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