KISSIMMEE, Fla., January 15, 2010 – Last week’s unusually cold weather will mean higher January electric bills for most Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) customers.
Customer demand for electricity during the cold snap was 27 percent higher than the average January and 93 percent higher than last month, according to utility data.
How much higher bills will be is difficult to estimate on average because of different usage patterns among customers, as well as size and age of the home, efficiency of heating equipment, home insulation and other variables. What is known is that customer demand for electricity in Kissimmee during the past week set five separate demand records at the utility.
“Higher usage will result in higher power bills,” said KUA spokesman Chris Gent. “Central heating systems and space heaters consume more energy than air conditioners. Heating a home for a week costs about the same as cooling it for an entire month.”
KUA will work as much as possible with customers whose higher bills make them difficult to pay. In addition, the utility maintains its Good Neighbor Energy Fund which helps customers experiencing financial difficulty pay their utility bills in emergency situations.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent