LES sees 5 percent decrease in energy use this summer

By: Lauren Fabrizi

LES officials said they’ve seen a 5 percent decrease in overall energy use this summer compared to last summer, meaning electric bills could have been a little cheaper. 

A side by side comparison from July 2013 and 2014 shows that while the average temperature each year is about the same, we’ve had fewer consecutive days in the ’90s so far this season.

Officials believe that has a lot to do with the slight drop in energy use.

“When we know it’s going to be hot, they’re probably going close up the house, run the air conditioner,” Jay Stoa of LES said. “But if we have days when we have 80 degree temperature, they’re probably going to open up the house, not run the air conditioner. And you should see that difference in your electrical bill.”

LES serves 130,000 customers. Officials said not everyone has seen a cheaper electric bill. They say it all has to do with personal preferences. Rates increased in January by 2.9%, which comes to about an extra $2.41 on monthly bills.

If you’d like to keep your energy use down, officials encourage you to make sure your air conditioners are clean and working properly. They also say to raise your thermostat when you’re out, instead of shutting it off.