Do Cool Temps Mean Cool Savings on Energy Bills?


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MASON CITY, IA – Monday is the first day of July, but it seems like we’re just starting to feel those warm summer temps. All the rain we’ve seen this spring has caused some serious problems with flooding but could there a silver lining.

We saw such a cold and rainy spring, that many folks haven’t had to use too much air conditioning to keep comfortable.

So wouldn’t that add up to some savings? Well KIMT News 3 is learning that may not be the case.

“I mean it’s been noticeable. Noticeably slow so far.”

It’s been a cold, rainy spring and it’s safe to say air conditioning systems haven’t been flying off the shelf.

Jonathan Carson works at Mechanical Air Systems and he says the not so summery weather has caused business to slow down.

“As far as installation of new air conditioners, we haven’t seen as many products failing so people haven’t had the desire to either get it fixed or they really haven’t had theirs running a lot so they’re not thinking “Oh man maybe we should have that thing looked at,”” says Carson.

So since folks haven’t had to run their air conditioners much, wouldn’t that mean a savings on their electricity bill?

“Well actually it’s been fairly typical for us.”

Jim Collins works at Alliant Energy and says despite the cool down in March, April and May, the electricity bills haven’t seen much savings.

“While it was cooler, it was so much cooler that people were running their furnaces and that of course uses electricity too and so both their natural gas and their electricity bills went up,” adds Collins.

The bright side is, he predicts that folks will notice some savings on their June electric bills.

“It’s nice for to be cool to open the window instead of running the A/C.”

And even though business is off to a slow start for mechanical air systems, they don’t expect that trend to continue.

“They’re calling, it’s happening and it helped last week having 90s and having high humidity so we got a lot of calls that week, it’s probably 30-40% slower,” says

Something tells me if we continue seeing weather like this, business for air conditioner carriers like mechanical will pick up.

Also Jim from Alliant Energy says that the rates on your energy bill will vary based on power consumption.

When that goes up they have to employ more expensive power plants to meet the demand.

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