Officials say higher utility bills likely for New Braunfels in coming months

New Braunfels Utilities announced that it will be adding chloramines to the water supply of the Copper Ridge community as it prepares to incorporate the area into NBU's main water supply.

New Braunfels Utilities announced that it will be adding chloramines to the water supply of the Copper Ridge community as it prepares to incorporate the area into NBU's main water supply.

Citing the recent stretch of cold weather and the holiday season, New Braunfels Utilities says higher bills will likely be in store for customers during the next few months.

“The last few days of December and the first few days of January were significant cold weather events for New Braunfels,” NBU Public Affairs Manager Gretchen Reuwer said in a statement. “Even if you set your heating system at 68 degrees or lower, the unit has to run longer to try to achieve that desired temperature inside your home. That means it is using more electricity, and the result is an increase in kilowatt hours on your bill.”

The holiday season also comes into play, according to Reuwer, because it often calls for an increase in use of electric appliances, such as ovens, water heaters, washers and dryers, space heaters and electric blankets. In addition, schoolchildren on winter break use more electricity at home than when school is in session, and shorter days during winter create the need for more light in homes and businesses.

NBU’s conservation resource representatives provide free energy assessments to its customers who would like to learn how to save on electricity. The assessments may be scheduled by calling 830-608-8925 or by visiting www.nbutexas.com/Conservation/ScheduleanAssessment.aspx.

For those experiencing hardship, the NBU Utility Bill Assistance Program accepts applications through the New Braunfels Food Bank. Those interested in learning more should call the food bank directly at 830-327-6000.
By Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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