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Cooling Off: Cutting back on summer energy bills

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Danielle Downs – Daily Herald

It’s no surprise energy consumption is heavily influenced by weather.

And with historically soaring temperatures July and August are, on average, the highest energy-consumption months for Utah County residents.

The Daily Herald sat down with Springville City Electric Department Director Leon Fredrickson to discuss what residents can do to cut back their energy consumption and, subsequently, slash their summer energy bills.

In 2015, Springville hit a new peak energy demand of approximately 62 megawatts on the afternoon of June 29, according to Fredrickson. The record-setting day was in the middle of a heat wave that enveloped Utah County with 100-plus degree temperatures for seven consecutive days.

“Everybody’s air conditioning was screaming away to keep everybody cool,” Fredrickson said.

This July, in contrast, has seen a number of days in the 80-degree range, which is expected to translate to a lower-than-average energy usage month, Fredrickson said. (…)

To read more, please visit the Daily Herald.