Quantcast

Keeping utility costs low with fluctuating temperatures - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

Keeping utility costs low with fluctuating temperatures

Posted: Updated:
GREENVILLE, N.C. - This winter weather roller coaster continues in eastern North Carolina and many are feeling and paying for the affects.

Keeping utility costs low depends on what type of heating system you have. If you have a heat pump, you don’t want to do too much of anything.

Greenville Utilities Commission says the more you change your thermostat, the more you’ll end up paying.

Records show people in this area spend more to heat their homes than cool their homes. The Department of Energy recommends 68 degrees or lower. GUC energy services supervisor, Andy Yakim, says a few degrees higher than that can really run up your bill.

 "68 or above that is everyone's choice but every degree is worth three to five percent on your heating cost,” said Yakim. “So it you can keep in that 68 or lower range there is savings over some one keeping it in the 70 range."

Yakim works with people on a regular basis to lower their utility bill. He says a lot of people don’t realize how expensive space heaters can be.

Most of them cost 18 cents an hour to run. So if you’re using a space heater 24/7, you’re spending an extra $135 a month.

Click here for more information from the Department of Energy on keeping your utility costs steady this time of year.


  • Local NewsMore>>

  • 3 people killed, 3 deputies wounded in NC shootout

    3 people killed, 3 deputies wounded in NC shootout

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:52:28 GMT
    Three people died and three sheriff's deputies are wounded during shootout following a domestic dispute.Three people died and three sheriff's deputies are wounded during shootout following a domestic dispute.
    North Carolina authorities say a suspect killed in a deadly shootout sprayed his father-in-law's house with bullets from two 30-round magazines after his wife ran away from him in an argument.
    North Carolina authorities say a suspect killed in a deadly shootout sprayed his father-in-law's house with bullets from two 30-round magazines after his wife ran away from him in an argument.
  • Another Tranquil Night; Hotter Thursday

    Another Tranquil Night; Hotter Thursday

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:47:48 GMT
    Hotter Thursday.  Rain chances increasing toward the weekend.
    Hotter Thursday.  Rain chances increasing toward the weekend.
  • Man found not guilty in Duke student's death

    Man found not guilty in Duke student's death

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:42:47 GMT
    Laurence Lovette is found not guilty in the murder of Duke graduate student, Abhijit Mahato.Laurence Lovette is found not guilty in the murder of Duke graduate student, Abhijit Mahato.
    The man serving a life sentence for the shooting death of the student body president at the University of North Carolina six years ago has been found not guilty in the death of a Duke University graduate student.
    The man serving a life sentence for the shooting death of the student body president at the University of North Carolina six years ago has been found not guilty in the death of a Duke University graduate student.
  • BusinessMore>>

  • Argentina heads into default as debt talks end

    Argentina heads into default as debt talks end

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:26:29 GMT
    Argentina's economy minister led a last-gasp effort Wednesday to strike a deal with U.S. creditors that would prevent the South American country from slipping into default.
    Talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years ended with bitter recriminations Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as...
  • Whole Foods plans major marketing push

    Whole Foods plans major marketing push

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:16:41 GMT
    Whole Foods reported quarterly sales that fell shy of Wall Street expectations and lowered its outlook for the year, raising worries about the intensifying competition the organic and natural products grocer is...
    Whole Foods is getting ready to launch its first national marketing campaign and expand home delivery as it looks to fend off bigger players muscling into the organic and natural foods category.
  • AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

    AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:56:37 GMT
    Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming.
    Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming.
  • Most Recent SlideshowsMore>>

  • AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

    AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:56:37 GMT
    Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming.
    Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming.
  • AP PHOTOS: Cambodians attend Khmer Rouge tribunal

    AP PHOTOS: Cambodians attend Khmer Rouge tribunal

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:36:41 GMT
    By The Associated Press Buddhist monks and ordinary Cambodians attended a hearing Wednesday in which a U.N.-backed tribunal prepared for the genocide trial later this year of two surviving...
    By The Associated Press Buddhist monks and ordinary Cambodians attended a hearing Wednesday in which a U.N.-backed tribunal prepared for the genocide trial later this year of two surviving leaders of the...
  • AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

    AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:28 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:28:08 GMT
    At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.
    At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.