Weather and Your Texas Electricity Service: Part 2

By Bouncey, August 26, 2009, News

Winter and Your Texas Electricity Bill

Well, we’ve taken a look at summer, but wintertime has its
own set of ways in which it affects your electricity bill. Now, things are
different in the State of Texas than they are in the northern states, for
certain, but lets take a second to overview how it works all over. The same way
that the summertime is the most expensive time of the year for Texas, in the
northern states, the most expensive time of the year is the wintertime. Because
in 15 or 20 degree weather, the cost of raising the temperature of a house to
70 degrees is much more expensive than trying to do it from 55 or 60. And the
primary method of heating houses up north comes from Natural Gas consumption.
So, again, the more natural gas that is consumed, the higher the cost of the
natural gas because of the increased demand.  One important thing to consider, not that it
matters to a person’s pocket book, is that much like houses down in Houston
with gas ranges, almost all houses up north have a natural gas bill and an
electricity bill each month. Up north, it’s common for natural gas directly to
be the source of heat in people’s individual homes, as where in Texas natural
gas is used  as fuel in the power plants
to create the electricity people use in their homes to both heat and cool as
well as turn on the lights. So when the winter sets in, it’s the gas bill that
goes up, not necessarily their electricity bills. But at the end of the day,
we’re still talking about an increase in everyone’s utility bills in the
wintertime. And the take away here is simply a further illustration that the
different weather and the seasons have a strong effect on the costs of a
person’s individual electric bills.

General Weather and Catastrophes and Your Electricity Bill

It probably goes without saying, but there are other weather
events that can affect your electricity bills, most of these are a lot more
obvious but are still worth mentioning. On the largest scale would be weather
catastrophes, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Obviously these things, if they disrupt your local power plants or power
lines, are going to disrupt your electricity flow. Floods and mudslides,
volcanic eruptions, obviously anything that makes a news broadcast as some kind
of weather event is going to inevitably come with electricity disruptions. But
other minor events can also affect things as well.  In the north, ice storms can cause tree
branches to snap and knock down power lines, or even damage electricity
generators, which again will affect electricity flow. Freezing is less common
in the south, but flooding happens regularly and has been known to cause
electricity disruptions as well. Granted, all of the things I’ve listed in this
section are in the nature of cutting off your electricity, which at the end of
the month will mean a lower bill, as opposed to the main theme of what I’ve
been writing about, which is ways in which the weather will cause your
electricity bill to fluctuate. Still,
it’s interesting to consider just how every facet of the weather can affect
your electricity bill on a month to month basis.

Read Part 1 of this Series.

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Bouncey Bunny is the official "spokesbunny" for Bounce Energy, a Texas-based energy company. Bounce is committed to delivering value to our customers through excellent customer service, innovative plans and products, and competitive pricing.

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