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Curious about how you used more energy this winter?

The answers could be in the palm of your hand.

After receiving this month’s power bills, many of us asked, “I know it was very cold, but how did I use that much electricity?”

Singing River Electric provides free tools that are very helpful when studying your energy use.

One tool is the free SmartHub app, which can be downloaded on any Apple or Android mobile device. Each month’s bill is shown as a bar graph displaying daily power use and the temperature.

By studying the graphs, you can see which days were higher energy use days. Those days will often have the lowest temperatures, as energy use is significantly impacted by weather.

In addition to studying your energy use, members can also pay their bill, report a power outage, view a live outage map, or contact the cooperative.

If studying your daily use on the SmartHub app doesn’t answer your questions, Singing River Electric offers free energy audits. Our trained energy professionals visit your home and suggest ways you can save on your power bill.

Visit singingriver.com to download the SmartHub app, or call any Singing River Electric office to speak to an energy expert directly.

I haven’t touched the thermostat. Why is my bill higher?

ANSWER: Power bills following periods of prolonged cold weather or extreme heat can be higher even when you have not changed the thermostat. Heating and cooling costs make up the largest percentage of a home’s energy use. When the temperature changes drastically or stays extremely hot or cold, your heating/cooling unit must run longer to…Continue Reading

MISO Cancels Requests Members Lower Energy Use

UPDATE 10 a.m.  – Earlier this morning, our reliability coordinator, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) requested that Cooperative Energy ask our members to curtail their electricity use between 5:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. This request was made in an effort to minimize strain on the electric system due to the severe temperatures which have been causing a…Continue Reading

Cooperative Energy Members Experience Critical Energy Shortage

  Singing River Electric and other Cooperative Energy member distribution cooperatives experienced a critical energy shortage early Wednesday morning, Jan. 17. This shortage resulted in the cooperative sending a public appeal to the membership to reduce their energy use by lowering thermostats, delaying showers and putting off washing laundry and dishes in order to shed…Continue Reading

Singing River Electric is prepared for Tropical Storm Nate

     Singing River Electric is ready to move into power restoration mode as Tropical Storm Nate tracks toward the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After activating the emergency preparedness plan, cooperative personnel are loading trucks with extra materials, sharpening chainsaws, and assigning linemen to specific areas in advance of Nate’s predicted arrival…Continue Reading

Singing River Electric assists with Hurricane Irma restorations in Florida

Singing River Electric Cooperative has two construction crews and one service crew headed for Florida. The 13 employees will be a part of a convoy of 267 Mississippi electric cooperative linemen and engineers traveling to restore power following Hurricane Irma. Crews will leave first thing Tuesday morning to make the drive east. “Safety is our…Continue Reading