PSC KYFRANKFORT, Ky. (1/7/14) - With a blast of Arctic air covering the state, the Kentucky Public Service Commission says consumers can limit the impact on their home heating bills by taking steps to reduce energy consumption.

"As temperatures plummet, energy usage and home heating bills inevitably rise," PSC Chairman David Armstrong said. "But a few simple steps can help limit the effect."

Since weather - not price - is the dominant factor in determining energy usage, the best weapon consumers have to manage their energy costs is to take steps to reduce consumption, he said. Those measures can be as simple as turning down the thermostat a few degrees, Armstrong said.

"It's also never too late to seal leaks around windows, door and other openings, to cover windows with plastic sheeting, and to take other low-cost steps to keep cold air out and warm air in," Armstrong said.

Armstrong also emphasized that programs are available to help consumers who may be struggling to pay their heating bill. Heating assistance is available from local community action agencies and from utility companies, but funds are limited and sometimes run out during the heating season, he said.

"Do not allow a difficulty in paying a utility bill to become a crisis," Armstrong said. "Now is the time to take the necessary steps if you think that you may need assistance in paying your heating bill this winter."

The PSC is an independent agency attached for administrative purposes to the Energy and Environment Cabinet. It regulates more than 1,500 gas, water, sewer, electric and telecommunication utilities operating in Kentucky and has approximately 90 employees.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Kentucky Public Service Commission

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Most Read This Week

July 02, 2015 15364

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 7934

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 4653

Accused Synthetic Marijuana Traffickers Appear in…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 3897

KMA Reminds Motorists of New Kentucky Red Light…

by David Holt
June 30, 2015 3655

Earlington Man Faces Multiple Charges after…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

June 24, 2015 45828

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 15364

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 06, 2015 2046

Man Accused of Choking Girlfriend, Threatening to…

by SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 1666

Hopkins County Traffic Advisory

by Keith Todd
July 05, 2015 1584

More Dental Patients Using ER in Kentucky

by Al Cross
July 05, 2015 1306

4th Fest Ends with ‘a Bang’ of Music, Fireworks

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 04, 2015 1072

Recycling Equals Fun During iRecycling Regatta

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 06, 2015 937

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
July 06, 2015 885

Driving on Suspended License, Alleged Fleeing…

by SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 849

Study: One Dose of HPV Vaccine Effective

by Melissa Patrick
July 05, 2015 821

Legislator's Log - Week of July 5, 2015

by Brent Yonts
July 05, 2015 810

July 4 Saturday on the Square Features Patriotic…

by Mike Groves, SurfKY News