The One to Count On...

Utility Customers Feel the Impact of a Hot Summer

Posted: Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 at 6:23 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Eric Gotschall

When local residents begin receiving their utility bills from last month, they may want to brace themselves for the costs associated with keeping their homes cool during a very hot July. According to data compiled by Pella Cooperative Electric, the cooling degree days for July well exceeded last year’s total, and was the hottest summer locally since 2006. Cooling degree days are a unit of measurement that determines the variance between the day’s average temperature and 65 degrees – which is considered the temperature when no cooling or heating is necessary.