Residents Noting Hot Weather Taking a Toll on Utility Bills



PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre officials are advising residents that they might not like what they see when they open their utility bills. Higher temps this summer have resulted in more usage of air conditioners, and more watering of lawns. That in turn means higher-than-normal utility bills for Pierre customers. Mayor Laurie Gill says some residents have already begun to contact city hall with questions about why their bills seem higher than usual.

Gill says some things that factor into the increases right now include usage of non-energy efficient appliances, a jump in lawn watering and the fact that the city has to pay more to buy electricity in the summer from its power supplier.

Gill says through the city website at, customers can easily look back at the history of their utility bills; to see how their water and utility usage might have changed in the past year.

Customers can also use the city website to pay their utility bill at no extra cost. For information on an energy efficiency program offered by the city and its energy partner Missouri River Energy Services, visit the city website or go to

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