Eversource customers in New Hampshire could see a significant hike in their electric bills this summer.
The price will go up about $71.39 for someone who uses 600 kilowatt hours of power each month, the company said Friday.
“On average, our New Hampshire customers use 25 percent more electricity during the summer months and that can get costly. We want to help our customers save money and avoid spikes in their energy bills,” Eversource Executive Vice President of Customer Experience and Energy Strategy Penni Conner said in a statement. “During the hot summer weather, air conditioners, fans and other appliances are working overtime to keep things cool inside and that means customers’ overall bills will go up. That’s why we urge customers to take advantage of our energy efficiency programs now.”
Eversource cited several factors for rising costs, including the conflict in Ukraine, pandemic recovery and extreme weather impacting gas-producing states.
In New Hampshire, the default energy service rate changes twice a year on Feb. 1 and Aug. 1. Unlike previous summers, when supply rates typically decrease, the default service rate for residents is proposed to go up from 10.669 cents per kilowatt hour to 22.566 cents per kilowatt hour.
The hike will not be as steep in Massachusetts. The company said June 1 a customer who uses 550 kilowatt hours will see an increase of about $11.59 in eastern Massachusetts and $8.89 in western Massachusetts.
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