NES warns of higher electric bills in July


Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 2:42 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - With fuel prices soaring nationwide, the Tennessee Valley Authority is experiencing record-breaking fuel-market costs. Due to the increase in natural gas prices, customers’ July bills will have a higher Fuel Cost Adjustment charge, Nashville Electric Service said on Monday.

NES is anticipating around a 10% increase from June to July in the fuel cost adjustment charge for both residential and commercial customers. This is a passed-through monthly charge from TVA. European countries are also turning to the United States and other countries to reduce/eliminate their reliance on Russia’s natural gas. This in turn decreases the natural gas supply in the United States, driving up the price. In addition, due to the record temperatures during June and the heat wave that is currently forecasted to extend into July, customers are likely to use more energy than normal.

TVA has some of the lowest electric rates in the nation, and it monitors and plans for changing market conditions such as a fuel charge increases. It has eliminated over $800 million on costs to keep rates flat for customers over the past 10 years.

“NES is dedicated to helping customers keep their lights on despite the fuel cost adjustment charge rate increase,” NES President and CEO Teresa Broyles-Alpin said in a news release. “We understand rises in cost are never ideal, which is why we have programs like Home Uplift and Project Help. Information on these programs and more are available on NESHelps.com. If any customers find themselves struggling to pay their bill, please call NES Customer Relations at 615-736-6900.”

The cost of power bills is primarily based on the amount of power a customer uses. Customers are encouraged to make slight changes to their thermostats and home environments during the summer when people are suing more electricity to cool their homes.

There are several ways customers can take simple actions around the home to reduce their use, according to NES:

  • Turn up your thermostat to 78 degrees but even just one or two degrees higher is a step in the right direction. Also, keep your windows covered on the sunny side of the house.
  • During the hot parts of the day (generally 2-6 p.m.), avoid using the over. If you’re making food, use the microwave instead.
  • Avoid using the clothes dryer and dishwasher whenever possible. These appliances tend to heat up your home. Handwashing and line drying take a little more time but can pay off during times like these.
  • Always remember to turn a fan off when you leave the room. Fans cool people, not rooms.

NESHelps.com and NES Customer Relations can provide more information on available assistance. For in-person service, customers may visit the NES lobby at 1214 Church St., Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Customers can also pay their bill at Enbright Credit Union branch offices in Donelson at 2340 Jackson Downs Blvd., or in Hendersonville at 270 Indian Lake Blvd. Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

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