We understand receiving a higher energy bill than you expected can put a wrinkle in your budget. But we want to help you be better prepared, and provide you with steps to saving money and lowering your energy use.
Why is my bill higher in the summer?
Rates differ between summer and winter months. In the summer, the cost to produce electricity rises and so does the usage by our customers. This is why you’ll likely see a higher bill from June to September. And if you use an air conditioner over the summer, you will consume more energy, also adding to the increase in your bill.
How can I save money?
Change up your energy habits
Reducing your energy demand can save you money on your bill. During the summer months, set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, keep your shades closed during the heat of the day and use a fan to circulate air. Find more summer energy-saving tips here. And while you’re working and spending more time at home due to COVID-19, remember to save energy anywhere you can.
Take our HomeCheck® Online assessment
Our HomeCheck Online assessment is free to all customers and analyzes the effects of your home energy use based on your lifestyle and habits. Plus, you’ll receive personalized tips to help reduce high usage (and save money). You may also be eligible to receive a free energy efficiency kit after taking your first assessment.
Replace your heating and cooling equipment
Installing energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment will save you money over its life by reducing monthly energy bills and making your indoor environment more comfortable. Plus, we offer rebates on many types of energy-efficient equipment, including heat pumps, air conditioners and smart thermostats. Most of our rebate amounts have increased by 50% through the end of 2020 for Iowa and Illinois customers.
You can also sign up for our Budget Billing program, which is designed to ease the fluctuation of your monthly bills. You will be charged the same amount every month, and your bill will be based on projected energy prices and the cost of the previous 24 months of usage at your home. If you have no billing history, we will estimate an amount for you.
Keep in mind, your Budget Billing payments could change depending on the time of year and the temperature (higher summer rates and warmer temperatures). But, once you’re enrolled, we will proactively review your bill periodically to ensure your payments are on track with your usage and notify you if something changes.
Plus, sign up for text and email alerts via My Account to get notified when your bill amount has been reviewed and whether your amount will change.
Learn more about the information included in your bill here.