For Immediate Release
Utility Alerts Customers of Higher-than-Usual Summer Bills
WASHINGTON - Pepco officials are alerting its customers of higher-than-usual summer energy bills, citing electricity use is up 11 percent among its residential customers from this same time last year.
"Given the number of heat waves we've already experienced this summer, it goes without saying that air conditioners, fans and the like are running harder and longer. Unfortunately, when electricity use is high so is that monthly energy bill," said Thomas Graham, President, Pepco Region.
Graham said the company regularly encourages customers to reduce their energy use to save on their monthly bill. It does this through many communication channels, such as the company Web site, social media, news releases, customer newsletters, bill messages and bill inserts.
"We recognize the hardship higher energy bills can pose for our customers, particularly during a hot summer, which is why we continue to provide them with ways they can reduce their energy use to save on their bill," Graham said.
He added that customers who may have a hard time paying their electricity bill should contact the company's Customer Care center for information on energy assistance or to arrange a flexible payment plan. That number is 202-833-7500.
In addition, Pepco suggests the following ways for customers to save on their summer bills:
Pepco encourages customers to visit www.pepco.com for additional information on saving energy and managing costs in their home or business. The company also offers its customers Budget Billing, a fixed payment plan based on the customer's 12-month average bill, in which they can enroll either online or by contacting Pepco Customer Care at 202-833-7500.
Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 778,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.