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Black Hills Energy says customers can lower their energy costs ahead of heating season
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October is National Energy Awareness Month

Pueblo, Colorado – Oct. 19, 2023 – October is National Energy Awareness Month, a time to be mindful of the energy we use and how it impacts our lives. Black Hills Energy says customers can anticipate lower natural gas costs ahead of this year’s heating season, compared to last year. According to NYMEX prices, U.S. natural gas costs were four times lower in September compared to the same time last year. Natural gas prices were above $9 in September 2022, and they were $2.55 at the same time in 2023. 

“Historic production and above-average storage have provided a stable market to power this winter’s heating,” said Kellie Ashcraft, Black Hills Energy’s vice president of Colorado operations. “As we celebrate National Energy Awareness Month this October, Black Hills Energy is educating its customers on how energy impacts their lives today while also looking ahead to colder weather. Our focus is on delivering the safe, reliable energy that our customers depend on for years to come.”

“As we do throughout the year, we’re encouraging customers to use less energy through energy conservation and energy efficiency projects,” said Ashcraft. “Tips range from easy and inexpensive — like lowering the thermostat by a couple of degrees and closing curtains to keep warm air inside — to more involved projects like insulating the attic or installing weather-stripping around doors and windows to keep out drafts.”

Additional energy efficiency tips include: 

  • When you are home and awake, set the thermostat as low as is comfortable on cold days. A smart or programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature. 
  • Run complete loads of laundry and dishes to avoid using more hot water and energy than necessary. 
  • Skip the drying cycle on your dishwasher. Instead, prop the door open once dishes are washed and allow them to air dry.
  • Use weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows to seal any holes or gaps, reducing energy waste.
  • Turn down your hot water heater to 120 degrees and ensure the water heater is insulated properly. Water heaters are the second largest energy user in a house, accounting for about 18% of an energy bill.

For more videos, conservation tips and safety reminders, customers can visit Team Ready where they’ll see more of the company’s Team Ready consumer education campaign, which features a duo — Mike and Maria — sharing helpful energy efficiency tips. The goal of this stepped-up activity is to help customers be ready to manage their energy use before colder winter temperatures arrive.

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