There is no doubt that it’s been hot! Not only has the weather affected crops and animals it has also taken its toll on energy use. Scorching temps engulfed much of the US during June, resulting in the warmest 12 month period the nation has experienced since national records’ began in 1895.[i] In July record temperatures were recorded in our area with 20 days of temperatures above 90 degrees and 7 of those at 100 degrees and above.[ii]
According to the National Weather Service from June 1 through July 27, 2012 the average cooling degree days were 62% above normal values.[iii] Cooling degree days determine the energy demands of air conditioning to cool your home or building.
Associated Electric Cooperative, our energy provider met a 2012 summer system usage peak on July 5th of 4,282 megawatts (MW), ranking only second to the summer peak set August 2, of 2011 at 4,441 MW. Looking ahead Associated is anticipating meeting or exceeding that peak for the remainder of the summer due to anticipated high temperatures.
A monthly comparison for Tri County Electric saw members consume 38% more kWh in July than in June of this year resulting in higher bills for the month of July. On an annual basis our members used 12% more usage in July 2012 compared to a similar time period in 2011.
Tri County Electric Cooperative wants you to stay comfortable, but can offer tips to help you control energy usage.[iv]
- Caulk and Weather Strip Door and Windows
- Set Thermostats to 78 Degrees
- Change your Air Filters
- Keep Blinds Closed During the Day
For more energy saving tips please visit our website at www.tricountyelectric.org and click on the “Take Control & Save” icon or under the “Member Services” tab for rebate and other valuable information. We are also available by phone at 1-888-457-3734 or in person at our office located at the intersection of Hwy 63 & Hwy 136 Lancaster MO.