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Wisconsin homeowners still paying for cold winter

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MARSHFIELD (WKOW) -- Some Wisconsin homeowners have higher electric bills that reflect the continued cost of an unusually cold winter.

For instance, News-Herald Media reports on Tuesday customers in the Marshfield area paid an average of $17.52 more in June, when the so-called Power Cost Adjustment Clause(PCAC) hit 2.19 cents per kilowatt hour.

The PCAC lets utilities pass on the cost of buying or producing energy to customers. It averaged .37 cents per kilowatt hour last year, but has been averaging 1.4 cents per kilowatt hour so far this year.

Marshfield Utilities manager Bob Trussoni said the utility spent an extra $600,000 on power this year, after the price of natural gas increased about seven times due to strong demand over the winter. However, the mild spring and summer we've seen in Wisconsin have allowed power companies to store natural gas, so Trussoni says the price may be lower next winter.

Experts say customers can reduce their power bills by doing simple things, such as switching from fluorescent and incandescent bulbs to LED lights, and lowering the temperature setting on hot water heaters.

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