SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Mild winter temperatures are helping cut utility bills.

Delmarva Power says it has seen a 10.7 percent decrease in electricity usage per customer from December 2010 to December 2011 in Maryland. In Delaware, the utility company said customers have reduced their consumption by an average of 5 percent.

Delmarva Power spokesman Matt Likovich told The Daily Times of Salisbury the decrease is likely due to warmer temperatures and conservation by customers.

Nash McMahan, vice president of Tri Gas and Oil in Federalsburg, says his company’s earnings are down this winter. McMahan also cited warmer temperatures and conservation for the decreased demand.

Despite the warmer temperatures, Alicia Robinson, planning coordinator for Shore Up!, says the number of people seeking help with heating bills hasn’t decreased.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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