National Weather Service predicts colder than normal winter in Kentucky

December 20, 2018

Jackson Purchase Energy offers tips to save energy

Bundle up, Kentucky. Forecasters are predicting a colder than normal winter for much of the state after a colder than normal November.

Jackson Purchase Energy is encouraging our consumer-members to be aware of their energy use and take steps to help manage electric bills, which may also be higher than normal as a result of increased usage in November and early December.

In the National Weather Service’s official Three-Month Outlook released on Thursday, Kentucky and several surrounding states are shown to have a higher likelihood of below normal temperatures. The temperature probability is a forecast for January, February and March.

According to Sean Poulos, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Paducah, the chances of a colder than normal winter increase from west to east across Kentucky.

This comes after a November cold snap that included ten days with temperatures recorded by the National Weather Service in Paducah at least ten degrees below normal. The records also show that the cold snap extended into the first ten days of December.

As Jackson Purchase Energy  consumer-members heated their homes and spent more time indoors over the cold Thanksgiving holiday,  energy usage increased, resulting in higher than typical bills.

“Jackson Purchase Energy is your neighbor and a member of your community,” said Greg Grissom, Jackson Purchase Energy president and CEO. “We’re committed to improving the quality of life for our members in Paducah and western Kentucky, as well as helping our members manage their usage during the colder months.” 

Payment plans are available for those who need extra assistance managing payments during the winter months. Members who have questions or concerns about their usage rates are encouraged to reach out to Jackson Purchase Energy by calling 800-633-4044. More information about Jackson Purchase energy can be found by visiting www.jpenergy.com/energy-tips.

Weather, especially cold weather, affects residential energy bills more than any other factor. Heating claims about a 42 percent share of overall energy use in U.S. homes.  

The temperature difference between the inside of your home and the air temperature outside is greater during the winter than in the summer. 

Put simply, the greater the temperature difference, the harder your heating system has to work to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.

 

For example, if you want your house to be 70 degrees inside and it’s 20 degrees outside, your HVAC system has to make up 50 degrees difference in temperature. Even on a 100-degree summer day, the HVAC system only has to make up about 30 degrees difference versus that 50-degree variance in winter.

 “Jackson Purchase Energy is to be commended for its pro-active actions to help members deal with the cold and a spike in energy use,” said Chris Perry, president and CEO of the Kentucky Electric Cooperatives. “Co-ops are committed to improving the quality of life in Kentucky. At this time of year, it means both helping members stay warm and helping them manage their energy use.”

8 Quick Tips to Avoid High Winter Bills

Winter heating bills impact wallets across the state. Here are some suggested ways to cut back on energy usage and keep your bills as low as possible: 

1. Find and seal all air leaks. Check for cracks near doors and windows, gaps around pipes and chimneys, and any unfinished areas. Plug leaks with weather-stripping, caulk, or expandable foam.

2. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees, or install a programmable thermostat.

3. Close blinds and curtains at night; if sunny, open them during the day.

4. Cover drafty windows yourself with easy, effective, and inexpensive shrink-to-fit plastic.

5. Turn off lights when not in use. Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, which use at least 75 percent less energy.

6. Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

7. Wash clothes in cold water, and use cold-water detergent whenever possible.

8. Keep your garage door closed for a warmer garage in winter, and cooler garage in summer. 

 

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