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Energy Customers Should Expect Higher Bill After Cold January

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - Thousands of Wicomico County residents lost power Thursday morning, and for some, it happened twice.

We learned it was all due to the freezing cold weather, while tonight will be warmer there could be other issues on the way.

Delmarva Power warned customers with this winter's unusual cold has the system working in overdrive, and no matter how hard you may try to cut down on usage, energy bills will likely be a little higher.

"Even those who are doing their best to conserve energy, at this time, because it's so exceedingly cold, they're probably going to see a little bit higher electric bill next time around, simply because the heating units are working hard this winter to keep the temperature where it should be."

Delmarva Power does offer some tips for customers.

  • During the winter months, set your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night. You can save 3 percent on your heating costs for every degree you reduce the temperature below 70 degrees.

    Special Advice to Heat Pump Owners: Heat pumps need to stay at a constant setting, unless you have a programmable electronic heat pump thermostat with adaptive recovery. Check with your heating or air conditioning contractor to determine the type of thermostat you have.
  • Winterize windows with weather stripping (for all moveable joints) and caulk (for non-moving parts). Also, install a window kit to the inside of your windows to help keep cold air out and warm air in.
  • Change filters once a month. A well-maintained heating system can save money and increase the comfort level in your home.
  • When you cozy up to a crackling fire on a cold winter day, you may be losing more heat than you are generating if your fireplace is not airtight.
  • Inspect ductwork for any air leakage. If you do feel air leaking at joints, use silver metal duct tape to seal them. You could save up to 10% of your heating costs by eliminating those leaks.

For anyone needing assistance in paying the higher wintertime energy bills, visit Delmarva Power online for payment plan options and payment assistance information.

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