Blue Ridge Electric approves temporary rate reduction
Taking energy efficient steps is the best way members can lower their usage and energy costs. Start with easy, no-cost or low-cost steps, such as:
• Generally, it’s suggested to set your heat pump to 68 degrees in winter to help save. You may be able to lower the temperature further when away or at night;
• Change HVAC filters monthly or according to your manufacturer’s directions;
• Open drapes and blinds on sunny days to let the sun help warm your home. Close them at night to keep heat from escaping;
• Insulate wall plugs and wall switches with foam pads made for this purpose;
• Check for obvious air leaks and caulk around areas, such as baseboards and plumbing penetrations that come through walls beneath kitchen and bathroom sinks;
• Change traditional light bulbs to energy saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs);
• Wash clothes in cold water and run only full loads;
• Take care to use space heaters and dehumidifiers properly: These appliances can consume a lot of electricity;
• Unplug chargers when not in use;
• Turn off TVs, computers and other appliances when not in use;
• Turn off exhaust fans in the kitchen and bath when not needed.
Blue Ridge Electric has approved a temporary rate reduction as
temperatures in the area continue to flirt with single digit readings during the most recent cold
The energy co-op expects the reduction to save members more than $1 million on their electric bills, according to a news release.
According to the co-op, the reduction is possible due to lower than expected wholesale power costs and higher than expected electricity sales, as a result of colder than normal weather in recent months.
Members will receive a $9 reduction for every 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity used.
“As a cooperative, we’re not in business to make a profit — we’re here to provide service at the lowest possible cost to our members,” said Doug Johnson, chief executive officer of Blue Ridge Electric. “In our service area, members use more electricity during these cold winter months, so we’re very pleased to provide this reduction at a time when it can most help our members.”
This is not the first time that Blue Ridge has altered rates due to external factors.
In October, the co-op increased rates by 2.5 percent. That increase was due to compliance-related upgrades that were being implemented by the company’s wholesale power supplier, Duke Energy.
For more information, visit http://www.blueridgeemc.com.