NES warns customers to expect higher bills

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 3:25pm
Staff reports

More red in the thermometer could mean more red in budgets for families already struggling to make ends meet, according to Nashville Electric Service.

Nashville’s energy provider said customers shouldn’t be surprised by higher bills this summer. The month of June was 47 percent hotter than normal with an average daily temperature of 80.8 degrees.

“The weather can have a dramatic impact on your electric bill,” said Jim Purcell, NES Energy Services Manager. “A five degree higher temperature outside means that your air conditioning system is working much harder to maintain the comfort level inside your home.”

NES urges customers to focus on practicing energy conservation to keep bills under control. Try turning your thermostat up a degree or two above where you normally keep it. We recommend a setting of 78 degrees or higher. Each degree that you turn your thermostat up could save you one percent on your total electric bill.

NES suggests using fans to increase your comfort level at a higher thermostat setting by as much as 4 to 6 degrees. Ceiling fans consume as little energy as a 100-watt light bulb, which is about 95 percent less energy than most central air conditioners use.

For more energy-efficiency advice and helpful power saver calculators, visit “Ways to Save” at

5 Comments on this post:

By: WickedTribe on 7/14/10 at 8:22

Well obviously that 47% hotter temperature of 80.8 is of no consequence since NES recommends we set our thermostat to LESS THAN 3 DEGREES BELOW THAT.

I guess I'll just open the windows and enjoy the nice cool weather outside.

By: idgaf on 7/15/10 at 6:15

You ain't seen nothing yet if the dems ram cap and tax down our throats like they did with healthcare "reform".

Remember barry said it would increase rates significantly.

By: TakePrideInNash on 7/15/10 at 7:47

idgaf could never get beyond party lines. He or she is so paranoid and skeptical and is never part of the solution to what he or she thinks is a problem. Just uses a computer to complain and whine. What kind of life is that? Must have failed in life and loves misery I guess.

By: budlight on 7/15/10 at 2:19

Take pride, you are failing to get the point. CAP and TRADE is a tax on energy that will hurt the poor. Apparently you don't get it. "increase rates" is not a partisan thang; it' s an economical thang!

I think my rates are high enough. I'm frugal; been green since before green was cool and hate CAP AND TRADE, AKA, TAX UP THE BUTT!

Does that mean I've failed in life and love misery?

By: WickedTribe on 7/16/10 at 5:39

And I missed this little jewel the first time "Each degree that you turn your thermostat up could save you one percent on your total electric bill.".

My average electric bill in the hot of summer is $115. So... I could either live comfortably at 69 degrees thermostat or live in horror and pain at 78 degree thermostat and save...$10.35 per month!

Oh yeah baby! I think living in oppressive heat and sacrificing any semblance of comfort is worth $10.35 a month!! Hell, if I'm lucky, the increase to my water bill from all the extra showers I'll have to take from SWEATING MY BUTT OFF CONSTANTLY may not negate the $10.35 savings on my electric bill!

I'm so glad that we have NES to give us good, sensible advice that can be applied to daily life. I don't know what I'd do without them. Seriously.