Managing Summer Energy Usage

Because homes tend to use more energy in the summer to cool your home, take steps to improve the energy efficiency of your home and lower energy costs. For example, plugging leaks in duct work or a spring-time tune up for your AC can have a big impact on your bill.

Reducing how much you use also lowers the Fuel Adjustment Clause (FAC) you see on your bill. The FAC recovers a portion of the costs incurred by our power supplier East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) for natural gas and coal to operate it's electric plants, and the costs to buy power from other utilities.

The FAC can either be a charge or credit, depending on monthly costs. For most of 2021, the FAC was a bill credit, but it has become a charge with the rise of power plant fuel expenses and costs to buy power. EKPC calculates the FAC using a formula approved by state regulators. Every penny from the FAC goes to EKPC, not our co-op.

Changes in weather will dramatically change the amount of the fuel needed to generate power, just like it changes the amount of electricity needed to cool your home.

To manage your usage:

  1. Set your thermostat a degree or two higher this summer to reduce the amount of time your AC runs
  2. Check out our information bulletins for ways to save energy at
  3. Get a Virtual Energy Assessment for a free analysis to maximize energy efficiency