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Energy consumption greatest factor impacting electric bills

Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) members have been fighting the winter chill, causing higher energy consumption for some members in December and leading to higher electric bills in January.

“Energy use varies greatly from house to house and member to member,” Chris Purdy, TCEC vice president of Member Solutions, said. “It also varies depending on the time of year. For example, people with all-electric homes or heat pumps will see their electricity use peak in the summer and winter. People with dual fuel (gas and electric) options in their home will typically see higher electric use in the summer and higher gas use in the winter.”

Purdy stressed the cooperative offers several resources to help members lower and pay their bills. “As a cooperative, we’re member-owned and we’re here to help,” Purdy said. “We offer Levelized billing to help members pay a more even electric bill from month-to-month. We also offer Pay As You Go for members to prepay their bill.”

TCEC members can view their energy use online or through the TCEC Mobile smartphone app rather than waiting for their monthly statement to arrive. TCEC’s bills are for energy use in the prior month unless a member is on the Pay As You Go plan. The temperature graph and kWh use chart on the bill can help members see how their energy use is influenced by the weather and time of year.

The Power Cost Adjustment on member’s bills refers to a variable TCEC built into its rate structure so the rates could be adjusted when the energy and capacity costs change. Using the PCA helps the cooperative to avoid large, permanent rate adjustments. The PCA was nearly one cent higher this year than last.

Members with questions regarding their bills or any other aspect of their electric service can contact TCEC at 580-652-2418 or info@tcec.coop.

Energy use is the greatest factor impacting electric bills

 

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Headquartered in Hooker, Oklahoma, Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) is a not-for-profit distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. TCEC is committed improving the quality of life for its members and communities by delivering safe, reliable and affordable electric service. The cooperative serves about 23,000 meters in the Oklahoma Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, the northern border of the Texas Panhandle and parts of Colorado and New Mexico. TCEC is a Touchstone Energy cooperative. For more information, visit www.tcec.coop.

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