High bill: My bill is higher this month. Why?

Season reasons. In winter, cold snaps in some months can increase your bill by more than 10% as your heating increases. Because the sun sets earlier, you may use more lighting than you do in other seasons. Also, the type of clothing we wear is usually heavier in winter requiring longer electric dryer time. In cold weather, many people move inside and use more energy for lighting, cooking and entertainment. Even the types of food we cook in winter tend to be different and require longer cooking times.

In summer, the children are home. The hot, humid weather calls for more air conditioning and dehumidifier use. This alone can increase cooling costs by 10% or more. You may also use more energy for cooking outdoors, cleaning, home improvement projects and heating swimming pools.

Billing Periods: A typical billing period is between 29 and 31 days, but holidays may make your billing period up to 35 days long. A difference of 5 days on your bill can increase your bill by 17%.

Holiday Usage: During holidays, you might use more energy for cooking, cleaning, lighting and heating and company. This will result in a higher electric bill.

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1. Making changes: How do I apply / start, stop or transfer electrical service?
2. Paying my bill: How can I pay my electric bill? What choices do I have?
3. Missing bill. I didn't receive my bill. What do I do?
4. Incorrect bill: I think my bill is wrong. How do I get it reviewed and corrected?
5. High bill: My bill is higher this month. Why?
6. Power outages: How do I report a power outage?
7. Streetlight outage: How do I report a streetlight out?
8. Solar and wind power: I want to install solar panels or a wind power generator on my property. How do I coordinate with the municipal electrical system?
9. Digging: Before digging on my property, do I have to notify anyone?
10. Energy conservation / assistance: Does PMLP have a program that can provide me with energy and weatherization assistance?