Record Winter Electricity Usage

City of Hagerstown Advisory
Record Winter Electricity Usage

Hagerstown, MD (FEBRUARY 12, 2009): January 2009 was one of the colder months in recent years and produced a record for Hagerstown Light Department (HLD) electrical consumption. The three year January average consumption is 33,830,839kWh (kilowatt hour) and January 2009 was 10% higher at 37,356,144kWh (kilowatt hour). Increased customer usage translates to higher electric bills. While this week's warmer weather will provide some relief, cold temperatures are expected to return.
"HLD would like to remind its customers to use energy wisely and set your thermostat to 68o F. Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning according to a pre-set schedule," stated Paul Hartung, Electric Operations Manager for the City of Hagerstown. "As a result, you don't operate the equipment as much when you are asleep or when the house is not occupied. By turning your thermostat back 10-15 degrees for 8 hours, you can save about 5-15 percent a year on your heating bill-a savings of as much as 1 percent for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long. Although thermostats can be adjusted manually, programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal as you wake or return home."