Kentucky utility companies offer energy-saving tips

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Utility companies in Kentucky know how heavy energy bills have been lately. Kentucky Utility, Nicholasville’s Department of Energy, and Kentucky Electric Cooperatives offer their customers practical energy-saving tips.

The first piece of advice is to remember to turn off the emergency heaters.

During January’s cold-weather systems, customers had to use their emergency heaters, and the Nicholasville Utilities department said many customers just discovered they forgot to turn it off.

“If it’s in emergency mode, it can be twice as much as normal operation,” said Joe Amato, director of utilities and finance for the City of Nicholasville.

Kentucky Utilities (KU) said it was the same reason their energy costs rose.

Daniel Lowrey, KU spokesman, said: “Our heating systems have to work much harder to maintain a constant temperature in our homes, and that’s when we see an increase in energy consumption. ‘energy.”

To combat these increases in energy consumption, Lowrey offered the following tips:

KU’s Daniel Lowrey offers the above energy-saving tips to help keep bills down. (Danielle Miskel)

“Also, be sure to seal any leaks and gaps, you want to help keep that cold air out and warm air in, because even the tiniest crack around a window or ‘a door can really hurt your energy bill,’ Lowrey said.

If the aforementioned adjustments aren’t enough, KU said it offers payment options for those high bills.

“We can set up payment plans and connect them to other resources to provide support,” Lowrey said.

Kentucky Electric Cooperative and KU said they also offer level budget plans to help maintain consistent payments for their customers during colder months.

Joe Arnold, spokesman for the Kentucky Electric Cooperative, said, “Instead of paying peaks and troughs, you’re going to pay essentially the average, but you’re paying the same in January as in March, as in June . .”

Ultimately, Lowrey said when it comes to converting fuel to dollars, every degree counts.

“Each degree saves you about two percent on your heating bill. So, for example, five degrees would save you a hundred dollars on a thousand dollar annual heating bill,” Lowrey said.

KU said inquiries are welcome and if the costs still don’t seem to be piling up, call them at 800-981-0600.

To join Kentucky Electric Cooperatives, click on the following link: Contact – Kentucky Electric Co-operatives

To reach the Nicholasville Utilities Department, call 859-885-9473.