Expansive areas of record cold weather conditions are placing a high demand on natural gas supplies and causing prices to rise.
“This is an unprecedented event that is affecting not only our members, but natural gas utilities throughout the Midwest,” said Mike Casper, Jo-Carroll Energy president and CEO.
“We are only half-way through the month and usage for Jo-Carroll members is already 1.5 times our normal usage for the month,” Casper said.
Record cold February temperatures extending far into the south have caused some interstate natural gas pipelines to limit flows into Illinois.
Increased use due to record cold, coupled with decreased production have caused natural gas prices to skyrocket on several pipelines.
Casper noted the cooperative does not yet know how much this will affect members’ bills, but because the current situation is volatile, the increase may be substantial.
“Jo-Carroll has a number of tools to help members manage their energy bills,” Casper noted “We’re looking at all our options to assist members.”
Jo-Carroll appreciates any energy conservation efforts by our members during this period of extreme cold. Helpful ideas to safely reduce energy use and lower energy costs include
- Lower your thermostat at least 2 degrees (or as low as comfortable and safe).
- Lower the thermostat in your home during unoccupied periods.
- Limit the use of natural gas fireplaces.
- Minimize the use of major natural gas fueled appliances if possible.