MIAMI TWP., Ohio (WDTN) The cost of heating your home has jumped dramatically in the deep freeze gripping the Miami Valley this winter.
Vectren sent an email to its customers this week warning about significantly higher bills and explaining what customers can do to cut down on costs.
Your furnace has probably been working overtime to heat your home this winter.
Vectren says it’s been 25% colder than last year.
“Last year, our average customer, $85 was their average heating bill. This year, they can expect to see that bill about $35 higher, so $120,” said Colleen Ryan, Vectren.
The company is offering help to pay those higher bills.
“You can call and set up a payment schedule. So, you can split your payment over a certain period of time. We have several different options that a customer service representative can talk the person through.”
You can also sign up for a budget bill which will average your payments throughout the year.
There are other things you can do in your home to save energy.
“Programmable thermostats, 68 or lower is the best recommendation for conserving energy. If you haven’t had your home insulated, take a look at that. We’ve actually got some really nice rebates right now on home insulation as well as energy efficient appliances.”
Since the cold isn’t over, you still have time.
“The majority of your bill is the cost of that commodity. The more energy efficient your home is and your practices are, the better off you’re going to be.”
Dayton Power and Light also offers payment plans and budget bills.