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August 3, 2016
For Immediate Release
Nathan Perry
Utility Business Manager
Phone: 513-785-7217
Customers May See Higher Utility Bills Due to Hot Weather
Hamilton, Ohio -  Hamilton Utilities customers may see higher August utility bills as a result of recent high July temperatures.

Utility Business Manager Nathan Perry said that the City tracks local cooling degree days to assess weather-related impacts on customer electric and natural gas use.

"A cooling degree day is the number of degrees the average daily temperature is above 65 degrees. July 2016 cooling degree days were 40% greater than June 2016 and 20% greater than July 2015. Warmer weather often leads to greater customer air conditioner use and watering of lawns and landscaping," Perry said.

"During a similar temperature change in 2015, local consumers experienced an 8% average increase in electric bills due to their increased energy consumption."

With local temperatures projected to remain in the high 80s to low 90s the first two weeks of August, Hamilton Utilities recommends the following tips to help save electricity and dollars this summer:

  1. Set thermostats on the highest comfortable setting. Do not turn your cooling system off unless for an extended period of absence. Cooling systems work best by maintaining a steady temperature, instead of making large adjustments.
  2. Change your air conditioner filters monthly. Dirty filters can increase operating costs.
  3. Do not block registers and return vents with furniture or drapes.
  4. Use ceiling fans and portable fans to keep air moving. Using a fan will make the room feel about 3 to 4 degrees cooler and uses less energy than an air conditioner.
  5. Close blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day. This keeps the sun's rays from heating the interior of your home.
  6. Take lukewarm showers and baths and run the bathroom exhaust fan to reduce humidity in your home. Humid air holds more heat.
  7. When possible, use your microwave or countertop appliances for cooking instead of the oven or stove. Barbequing on an outdoor grill instead of using your range or oven can help keep your home cooler on hot days.
  8. Make sure your home is properly insulated. Hamilton Utilities recommends R-30 insulation for ceilings, R-19 for floors and R-16 for outside walls. In existing homes, if wall insulation is too expensive to install, concentrate on attic and floor insulation.
  9. Water lawns in the morning or evening to help minimize water evaporation from the lawn.
  10. Enrolling in Hamilton Utilities Budget Billing Program can help levelize your utility bills during periods of extreme weather.

For further information, contact Utility Business Manager Nathan Perry at 513.785.7217.
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About Hamilton, OhioLocated on the Great Miami River in the heart of the Cincinnati-Dayton metroplex, Hamilton is a historically-significant city with approximately 63,000 residents. Home to Miami University Hamilton and the County Seat of Butler County, Hamilton is the area center for government, finance and industry. Known for its unparalleled art, cultural & recreational activities, Hamilton is continually expanding its quality of life offerings. An award winning community, Hamilton was the recipient of the 2010 & 2015 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting "Best Water in the World" award, the winner of the 2012 "Best of the Best" award by the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association, the prestigious 2010 Public Gas System Achievement Award and five consecutive Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Platinum level awards. Additionally, the Hamilton City School District was named The National School District of Character for 2012. For more information, please visit