“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.