WYSOX ­- Members of Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative who heat their homes with electricity should be prepared for higher electric bills as a result of the extended period of frigid temperatures experienced in the region this year.

Claverack officials report that consumers typically pay for electricity four to six weeks after use, so the extreme cold experienced in January and February may impact members' electric bills in February, March and possibly into April.

Claverack's director of member services, Brian Zeidner, said the extended low temperatures can also cause a member's electric bill to increase by over $100 per device if they use any of the following:

- Portable electric heaters

- Engine block heaters

- Heat tapes or heat lamps

- Livestock water de-icers.

Zeidner encourages cooperative members to use energy wisely. To learn more about energy conservation and efficiency measures, he invites members to use the energy calculator and tools application that can be found on Claverack's website, www.claverack.com.

A member-owned, non-profit utility, Claverack serves approximately 18,000 consumers in Bradford, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Tioga, Lycoming, Sullivan, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.

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