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Energy bills rise as temperatures fall

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The dropping temperatures may have many people cranking up the thermostat, but it doesn't matter whether you keep your house at 65 or 80 degrees, you're bound to notice a difference on your energy bill this winter.

That's because this year's winter is much colder than last years. The average temp this December was a little over eleven degrees. A year ago, it was over twenty degrees. This year we had 15 days fall below zero in December. 2012 had just five. Energy wise, these frigid temps add up fast.

"Our natural gas customers, our residential customers, on average, used about 25 percent more this past November and December compared to the same time in 2012. We can assume that in January, especially this first part, the usage will be increased over the previous year," Liz Wolf Green of Xcel Energy says.

So far this year, five of the six days have had temps fall below zero.

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