More and more calls and emails are being funneled into the Murfreesboro Electric Company due to high bills. However, it seems as most people are in disbelief that the past cold snap caused their bills to go up.
Byers told WGNS the bottom line is that when the temperatures get down to 5, 10 or 20 degrees, your heater works a lot harder to generate heat. Therefore, even though your temperature setting maybe the same or lower, your HVAC system is working overtime to keep your house warm. Long story short, your electricity usage goes UP when the temperature goes DOWN - which equals higher bills.
As for complaints about electric company rates, the current rate started in December when the weather was warmer. Those rates were the same for January. TVA fuel costs did not go up either in January. The fuel costs actually went down when compared to last January (2017).