Some people say Charlotte has seen too much rain this summer.
However, the rain has also helped keep temperatures cooler than average.
“So far this year we have only seen 8 days with 90 degree temperatures or warmer. Compare that to our average year where we normally have 29 days,” said Charlotte resident, Lauren Rabon. “We tend to leave the a/c off during the day just keep windows shut as well as the blinds, and turn on the a/c at night. It’s been very comfortable.”
Since it hasn’t been as hot, some people have noticed a drop in their electric bills.
Charlotte homeowner Janice Jeremy has noticed a big difference.
“As a homeowner, a single homeowner being home and working from home, I normally use about $170 per month and this last month it was $140.”
Eyewitness News talked to Paige Layne from Duke Energy. She says Jeremy is not alone.
“We’ve seen across the board a 6 percent decrease in customer bills this summer.”
The reason the bills are lower is because not as many people are cranking up the a/c.
“You know air conditioning accounts for about 50 to 60 percent of someone’s energy bill in the summer. When there are lower temperatures you are going to see who decrease.”
According to Layne, the lower bills this summer are averaging out from higher bills this past winter, so people should not expect to see a rate hike in their monthly electric bills.