LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Kentucky utility companies know how burdensome the high energy bills have been as of late. Kentucky Utility, Nicholasville’s Department of Energy, and Kentucky Electric Cooperatives offer practical energy-saving tips to its customers.

The first tip is to not forget to switch off emergency heaters.

During January’s cold weather systems, customers had to use their emergency heaters, and Nicholasville’s Utility Department said many customers came to find they forgot to switch it back off.

“If it’s in emergency mode, it can be twice as much as a normal operation,” Bob Amato, Director of Utilities and Finance for the City of Nicholasville said.

Kentucky Utilities (KU) said that was the same reason their energy costs spiked.

Daniel Lowrey, KU Spokesperson said, “Our heating systems, they have to work so much harder to maintain a steady temperature in our homes, and that’s when we see an increase in energy use.”

To combat those increases in energy use, Lowrey offered the following tips:

KU’s Daniel Lowrey offers the above energy-saving tips to help keep the bills low. (Danielle Miskell)

“Also, make sure you seal up leaks and gaps, you want to help keep that cold air out and the warm air in, because even the smallest crack around a window or a door, can really hurt your energy bill,” Lowrey said.

If the aforementioned adjustments above are not enough, KU said they offer payment options for those high bills.

“We can set up payment plans, and connect them to other resources to provide assistance,” Lowrey said.

Kentucky Electric Cooperative and KU said they also offer levelized budget plans to help keep payments consistent for their customers, through colder months.

Joe Arnold, Spokesperson for Kentucky Electric Cooperative said, “Instead of paying peaks and valleys, you’re going to be paying basically what the average is but you’re paying the same in January as you are in March, as you are in June.”

Ultimately, Lowrey said that when it comes down to translating fuel into dollars, every degree matters.

“Each degree saves you about two percent on your heating bill. So for example, five degrees would save you a hundred dollars on a one thousand dollar annual heating bill,” Lowrey said.

KU said investigations are welcomed, and if costs do not seem to add up still, then call them at 800-981-0600.

To reach Kentucky Electric Cooperatives, click the following link: Contact – Kentucky Electric Cooperatives

To reach Nicholasville’s Utility Department, call 859-885-9473.