CenterPoint Energy says customers should expect this month’s bill to be 35-50 percent higher than last month because of the record cold. According to Xcel Energy, its customers are expected to use 14 percent more natural gas this January compared to January 2013.
The average high temperature for December’s first two weeks was a mere 17 degrees, making it the sixth coldest December on record.
We are expected to see 90-plus degree weather over the next few days. That will have a lot of air conditioners working overtime.
The average household spends around $1,000 each year on heating and cooling bills. The good news is that there are ways to bring that down.