NRG Understanding Your Winter Bill

Winter Bill Tips

Many people with gas-powered furnaces enjoy lower electricity bills in the winter. But if you have an electric furnace, the colder season can be tough on your wallet. Electric furnaces cost more to run than gas, so winter means more than ice on your car in the morning.  It means higher electricity bills. 

woman on tablet winter bill

What can I do to control my energy costs?

  • Sign up for Average Billing to start receiving a more consistent bill throughout the year. With Average Billing, your bill is calculated based on the last 12 months of usage at your address.
  • Sign up for AccountAlerts, which can notify you when your costs exceed a certain amount or when your daily usage spikes by 25 percent. 
  • Download the Reliant App so that you can check your balance, see your usage, get alerts and manage your account wherever you are.
  • Get a Heater Tune-Up to make sure your system is in good working order.
  • Call 1-888-EEXPERT, where Reliant energy experts can answer questions about how to economize your home energy usage.
  • Check out our tips for saving energy year-round.

If you need more information or assistance with your winter bill, call us at 1-866-RELIANT.

How can I prepare my home for the winter?

  • Make sure your furnace or heat pump is clean and in good working order, so that it can run as efficiently as it should.
  • Replace older thermostats with programmable units to save on heating costs.
  • Check for leaks in the weather stripping around door frames and windows, replace if necessary.
  • Shut off exterior faucets, and drain water from outdoor pipes to prevent pipe bursts.
  • Flush the hot water heater tank, and check the pressure relief valve to ensure it is working properly.
  • Repair or replace damaged shingles.
  • Have your chimney inspected, and keep the chimney damper closed when it is not in use. 

These simple tasks can help enhance energy efficiency in your home, and keep your heating system from working harder than it needs to, saving you money in the process.

How does having an electric furnace impact my bill?

Electric furnaces are generally more expensive to operate than gas furnaces for two reasons: (1) electric furnaces produce less heat in the same amount of time as gas furnaces and (2) electricity typically costs more than gas in the market. This is why a person with an electric furnace will likely experience more of a jump in costs during the winter than a person with a gas furnace.

How do I know if I have an electric furnace or if something else is affecting
my bill?

I'm interested in switching to Reliant to try to reduce my energy costs. What do I do?

  • View the Reliant electricity plans available in your area. You can sign up quickly online.
  • CHAT NOW with a customer service agent who can explain your options online.
  • Call 1-866-RELIANT if you have additional questions or concerns.

Sources:  
Electric Resistance Heating
Electric Resistance Heating Basics
Electric Heating vs. Gas Heating
Comparing Cost: Gas Furnace vs. Electric Heater

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*Estimates are based on average consumption by comparable dwellings in the same area and are not are not exact predictors. Your electricity bills may vary. The Reliant Bill Estimator should be used for informational purposes only.

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