OPPD customers saw a stretch of 100- degree days this summer, and their energy bills are reflecting that. Average electricity consumption during the month of July was up 12 percent over a normal summer. The July total kWh usage was 19 percent more than July 2011, and 12 percent more than a normal July.
There are a number of ways to conserve energy and save on your energy bill while you continue to stay cool during the current heat wave.
- Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. A one-degree increase can save 3 to 5 percent on energy.
- Keep window shades and blinds closed to block direct sunlight.
- Clean or change your system’s air filter monthly to save energy and help prevent system failure.
- Use ceiling fans to enable you to raise your thermostat about 4 degrees, with no reduction in comfort.
- Turn off fans when you leave the room. Fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
- Delay such task as dish washing or laundry until after 8 p.m. and restrict the use of heat-producing appliances such as ovens until later in the day.
- Unplug appliances and shut off lights that are not in use.
- Shower early in the morning or later in the evening.
More energy efficiency tips
A graph, similar to the one on the right, is shown on customer statements and can help customers compare their specific electricity consumption this year with last.
Learn more about the information available on the statement bill.
OPPD offers a Level Payment Program which makes budgeting for monthly utility bills more convenient.
OPPD also partners with the Heartland Chapter of the Red Cross to offer the Energy Assistance Program which may provide temporary help to customers who are having difficulty paying utility bills due to serious financial problems.
If you have questions regarding your OPPD bill, please call OPPD Customer Care Services at 402-536-4131 or 1-877-536-4131 outside the metro.