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Hottest July on Record Results in Higher than Normal Energy Use and Electric Bills

In light of July’s record-setting temperatures, New Richmond Utilities is alerting customers their electric bills for the month of July may be higher than normal due to increased air conditioning use.

"Customers should know that if their air conditioning usage increased in July, their electric bill is higher than normal because they used more energy,” said Weston Arndt, Energy Services Representative. July 2012 was the hottest month on record in the continental United States according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Across the region, the hotter than normal temperatures led people to rely heavily on air conditioning to stay cool and comfortable.

"Because July was so hot, we want our customers to be aware of the lingering effects of those record-breaking temperatures on their recently mailed electric bill,” said Weston Arndt.

Locally owned, not-for-profit New Richmond Utilities reminds customers that there are always ways to help save energy and to help keep summer electric bills down. For tips and for information about programs available through New Richmond Utilities, customers may call (715) 246-4167 or visit the utility’s website at