Soaring Energy Bills

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Casper made national news in December as the coldest place in America, or by blowing away our expectations reaching wind speeds of up to 88 miles per hour.

This duo of cold factors has brought our eyes to other outliers this month, energy bills.

"It just more than doubled. I went from $194 the previous month and this month's bill was $485," says Rocky Mountain Power customer Amanda Baxter.

When the temperatures dropped to -30, Baxter did have some space heaters on to keep pipes from freezing.

She keeps her energy habits in check by bundling up at home and keeping the thermostat down as much as possible.

No tactics go overlooked, and Rocky Mountain Power spokesperson Margaret Oler wants the public to be informed.

"You can have that programmable thermostat lower the temperature during the night time hours when you're asleep, or lower that temperature when everyone is away from home,” she says. “Then set it so it will come on just before people come home.”

Oler says the hot water increases as well at this time of the year.

Check your water heater default by setting it to 120 degrees and aim for quick five minute showers.

The spike in energy bills is a shock to residents who have endured Wyoming winters.

Oler attributes unusual temperatures from November.
Rocky mountain power hasn't raised their rates.

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