Winter Cold May Lead to Higher Energy Bills

March 14, 2019


If your current energy bill looks higher than usual, the likely cause may be the record cold in February and March.

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Snowfall in Pendleton reached 32.5 inches with 22 days of snowfall during February, almost twice the previous record. Hermiston recorded 17.6 inches with 19 days of snowfall, the East Oregonian reported.

Hermiston’s temperature averaged 27.8 for the month, 10 degrees below normal, with freezing weather reported on 26 of 28 days in February. On March 5, the overnight low hit zero degrees, nearly 30 degrees below normal. Pendleton’s temperatures were similar.

On March 1, Bonneville Power, the Northwest’s provider of wholesale electric power, asked consumers to voluntarily reduce energy use to relieve stress on the power system because of unseasonably cold weather.

For more predictable bills, say goodbye to the peaks and valleys of electric usage with Budget Billing. Pay the average monthly amount based on a year’s worth of usage. The monthly budget amount is recalculated on an annual basis.

This option is perfect for those who don’t want to guess what their monthly payment may be and it eliminates large fluctuations between winter and summer bills. Contact UEC at 541 567-6414 for more information.