Higher energy bill? Don't ignore it

July 20, 2010 2:55:37 PM PDT
PECO's 1.4 million customers may get a chill when they see their electric bills this month.

With nearly 30 days of temperatures higher than 90 degrees, air conditioners across the area have been running around the clock.

PECO says residential energy use for June was up a whopping 36 percent.

However, the energy company says if you get a bill that's just too high for you to pay, don't ignore it. Instead, call them to work out a payment plan.

"One of the worst things you can do as a customer is to take a look at the bill and set the bill aside because you foresee an issue with paying the bill," said Ben Armstrong of PECO. "The best thing to do is first look at the bill, understand the bill, understand your usage, then contact us with any issues you have paying that bill."

"We will work with every customer to ensure they're able to pay their bill," Armstrong promised.

PECO says, to save money on air conditioning, be sure to pull window shades and use fans to circulate the air.

The company also reminds you that for every degree you move the thermostat up saves you about three percent off your bill.

If you're wondering why your bill is so much higher this year, keep in mind: Last summer was cooler up to this point, with just two days of 90 degree temperatures.