Rockland Electric Company Offers Consumer-Friendly Programs to Help Customers Save on Winter Bills, Urges Customers to Conserve Energy
Rockland Electric Company is offering programs to help customers with their energy bills this winter, while also sharing tips for saving money by conserving and using energy wisely. Rockland Electric Company offers Billing and Payment Plans | Orange & Rockland (oru.com) including Budget Billing, which smooths out customer’s costs throughout the year so that customers can pay off balances over time, rather than all at once.
O&R offers these programs out of an understanding that energy costs can represent a hardship, particularly for low- and moderate-income customers.
Among those programs are:
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Universal Service Fund (USF)
- USF-Fresh Start (energy debt forgiveness)
- Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE)
- New Jersey Residential Utility Customer Protections | Orange & Rockland (oru.com)
- 2-1-1 as a 24/7 referral source for utility assistance as well as other helpful programs
The best way for customers to take control of their bill is to manage their usage of gas and electricity. Customers can follow Tips for Lowering Your Energy Bill and check out the company’s energy efficiency incentives Rebates, Incentives, and Tax Credits for upgrades customers make to their homes.
Conserving is Key
Customers can save money on energy by using these tips:
- Set thermostats at the lowest comfortable temperature. Whether you are using a gas furnace or an electric heat pump, each degree lower decreases heating costs.
- Make sure heating vents are not blocked by furniture, carpeting or anything else that could obstruct the flow of heat.
- Have a qualified contractor clean and inspect your heating system.
- Insulate hot-water pipes and warm-air ducts that pass through unheated areas. Clean or replace filters for your hot-air furnace and heat-pump.
- Replace conventional light bulbs with LED bulbs, which are up to 10 times more efficient and are widely available and affordable.
Winter Energy Costs
Rockland Electric Company projects that its electric bills will be higher this winter.
Rockland Electric Company purchases electricity for its customers for the majority of its load through an annual Basic Generation Service (BGS) auction. This is the mechanism that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) requires all the state’s electric utilities to use to secure the electric supply requirements for their customers. Through the auction, New Jersey’s electric utilities buy a portion of their electric supply over a three-year period --- one auction per year.
A typical Rockland Electric Company residential customer using 925 kWh per month this winter is expected to see a bill increase of $21.48 from $172.75 to $194.23 or 12.4%.
Rockland Electric Company Communities
Rockland electric Company serves the following communities in New Jersey: Allendale, Alpine, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Franklin Lakes, Harrington Park, Mahwah, Haworth (part), Montague, Montvale, Northvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan (part), Ramsey, Ringwood (part), Rivervale (part), Rockleigh, Saddle River (part), Upper Saddle River, Wantage (part), Vernon (part), West Milford (part), Wyckoff (part).
About Rockland Electric Company
Rockland Electric Company is a regulated electric utility that serves approximately 75,000 customers in parts of Bergen, Passaic, and Sussex counties in New Jersey. Rockland Electric is a wholly owned subsidiary of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., which in turn is owned by Consolidated Edison, Inc.