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Lower temperatures bringing on higher electric bills

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Posted at 10:16 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 00:04:56-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — During the colder months, some families in Middle Tennessee are seeing an increase in their electric bills. Many say their bill nearly doubled, but staff with Nashville Electric Service says there is a reason why and the cold weather has something to do with the rising cost.

We understand that customers may be seeing higher bills this month compared to prior months. Power bills are tied directly to energy usage; when it’s colder outside, customers typically use more energPower bills are tied directly to energy usage; when it’s colder outside, customers typically use more energy y so their bills are higher. Additional factors that can affect your power bill include insulation, HVAC units, weatherization, how many live in the home, how often you cook at home, living habits, remote learning, working from home, etc.
Nashville Electric Service

NES says energy consumption patterns are displayed on every customer’s bill so they can compare to last month or to last year.

Here are some tips to help customers lower their bills:

  • Adjust your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower and bundle up in a cozy sweater, warm socks or a blanket.
  • Set your water heater’s temperature at 120° F.
  • Keep your garage door closed to buffer colder outdoor air from trickling into your home.
  • Use exhaust fans sparingly to avoid pulling extra warm air out of your home.
  • Open your curtains or blinds during the day to allow natural sunlight to heat your home.
  • If you haven’t already, weather-strip and caulk your home where air leaks might occur to prevent cold air from entering your home.
  • Replace your air filter regularly so your heating system runs safely and efficiently.
  • To better manage your power bill and find ways to save, go to and click on “analyze my bill”

If customers are having a hard time paying their power bill, call NES at 615-736-6900 to talk through payment options with a customer service advisor