- 34 percent more in winter heating costs than the past winter when customers paid $552.
- 16 percent less than 2007-08 when customers paid $878 while using 6 percent less natural gas.
- Less than four of previous 10 winters.
- The combined average daily temperature from November through February was:
- The coldest in that time frame since 1976-77.
- The 8th coldest in that time frame since 1891-92.
- 21 percent colder than normal.
- January 2014 was the 16th coldest month (ever) on record since 1891 and coldest January in more than 30 years.
- February was the 12th coldest February since 1891 and 26 percent colder than a normal February.
- So far this month, March has been 22 percent colder than normal.
Managing your costs
Along with the colder-than-normal winter come larger-than-normal energy bills, but you have some options that might help:
- Saving energy. You can use energy more wisely going forward to keep more money available to pay bills and meet other needs. Energy-saving ideas
- Switching to budget bill. You can even out your payments and avoid spikes that can occur during cold winters and hot summers. You pay the same each month, with semi-annual adjustments for actual usage. Budget bill information
- Setting up a payment plan. You may qualify for a flexible payment plan to help you catch up on your bills. Payment plan information
- Applying for energy assistance. You may qualify for energy assistance programs: Wisconsin energy assistance Michigan energy assistance
- Using the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. You may qualify for relief as a family of a person called to active duty. Servicemembers Civil Relief Act information
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