Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- February 18, 2014
Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300

Colder Than Normal Temperatures Could Mean Higher Than Normal Utility Bills

JEFFERSON CITY---Missourians are being reminded that extremely cold temperatures in January and early February could mean higher than normal utility bills due to increased energy usage to heat homes and businesses.

“Typically, heating appliances will run more when the outside temperatures are extremely cold, even if the thermostat setting hasn’t been changed,” said Public Service Commission Chairman Robert Kenney.  “Furnaces may run longer and more often to help maintain the temperature inside the home when outside temperatures are very cold, sometimes below zero.”
If you are faced with a utility bill that you can’t pay in full, please do not ignore it.  Contact your utility company and ask about energy assistance.  Based on eligibility, you may be able to enter into a payment agreement.
The Public Service Commission reminds consumers of things they can do, at no cost and low cost, that can make a difference on energy conservation and utility bills.
Some no-cost ways to conserve energy include: making sure vents are not blocked by furniture or drapes; turning off lights not being used; using cold water when washing clothes; letting the sunlight into your home during the winter and keeping it out in the summer; and turning down the temperature on the water heater to 115 degrees.
There are also a number of low-cost energy savings actions such as: replacing the furnace filter monthly if dirty; installing switch and outlet gaskets/foam inserts on outer walls; installing plastic on windows; and installing an energy efficient thermostat.
Safety is also important during the cold winter months.  If you know of someone who is ill or who lives alone, check on them to be sure they are staying warm and safe.  Carbon monoxide is a silent killer if heating sources are not properly ventilated.

For more information on energy conservation and alternative heat source safety, please follow the Public Service Commission on Facebook and Twitter.  You can also go to these websites: or .



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