Cold weather’s impact on recent monthly utility bills

Posted | May 1, 2018

The first part of 2018 saw extremely frigid temperatures. Compared to the same period one year ago:

  • January was 38 percent colder.
  • February was 27 percent colder.
  • March was 31 percent colder.
  • April was 311 percent colder.

The first several months of 2018 were significantly colder than the same period in 2017. This led to higher energy use for customers on many occasions, which is still being reflected on customers’ monthly bills. And, while colder temperatures have given way to warmer weather, we still encourage customers to follow simple energy-saving tips to prepare for the summer.

Weather history calendar

The amount of electricity needed for heating rises sharply in times of extreme cold. Prolonged periods of sub-freezing temperatures in December and January had a significant impact on our customers’ energy use, which ultimately impacts your energy bill. The National Weather Service that tracks the need for home heating noted that in December, usage in Kentucky was 75 percent higher than November. January heating demand was up another 14 percent over December.

As a reference point to the weather’s impact on energy use, the calendar below features the average temperature for each day from November to February, as well as the average temperature for the same day last year.

Programs available to assist customers in better managing their bill include:

LG&E and KU’s primary heating assistance programs
  • LG&E Community WinterHelp, KU WinterCare Energy Assistance Fund and WinterShare Fund offered by Old Dominion Power (ODP), the name under which KU operates in Virginia – are operated by area third-party nonprofit organizations.
  • The agencies make this financial assistance available to community members who may be struggling this winter to pay their heating bills.
  • The company matches customer donations to these programs.

Budget Payment Plan

  • The budget payment plan helps customers better anticipate their monthly bills by averaging out a customer’s payments over a 12-month period.
  • Details on how the plan works can be found at lge-ku.com/residential.

Available assistance

We encourage you to contact us right away if you find yourself faced with a bill you don’t think you’ll be able to manage. We can help customers identify available programs that can help you manage your bills, as well as other area assistance programs and options available in the community.

LG&E customers should call 502-589-1444; KU customers should call 800-981-0600 Customers can also visit lge-ku.com/helpingyou to find more information on available resources.