Westar customers see lower monthly bill due to merger, tax credits

If take a look at your electric bill from Westar, you may notice it's lower than normal. That's due to two credits the company is giving you.

The first is a credit being given to customers because of this year's federal tax cuts which led to savings for the utility company. The other is a credit from savings from Westar's merger with Great Plains Energy.

The energy company says the average residential customer will get around $50 back on their bill in December or January, depending on when it was issued.

The tax cut credit is a one-time credit, but the credit for merger savings is the first of five annual credits the company was directed to give to customers.

Westar hasn't said exactly when the next of those credits will come. The amount will depend on how many customers the energy company has at the time.

If you don't see the credit on the printed copy of your bill, check online. The change may be updated there.