Opening the monthly electric bill is rarely a celebratory event, especially in summer and winter. However, if the spike in expenses seems unusually drastic or usage hasn’t changed with the increased price, something else could be amiss. Here are the most common reasons for a high electric bill:
Even if you don’t use them often, old appliances drain energy. As technology advances, so does the efficiency of refrigerators, televisions, ovens, washer/dryer units, and other electronics. When you can, consider donating or recycling more mature devices and investing in newer versions. Your electric bill will thank you.
Although certain appliances make life a million times easier, overusing and underfilling them can greatly pad your monthly bill. Therefore, unless devices like the washing machine and dishwasher get filled to capacity, wait to run them.
This apt term applies to any device that stays plugged in when not in use. Meaning, it sucks energy from your home like a vampire from an artery. To save money and energy, unplug any device you’re not currently using (computer, blow dryer, coffee maker, etc.).
Lights and Ceiling Fans
True, recessed lighting can make a room look amazing, but it also uses a lot of energy. A more strategic approach would be using lamps, instead. Their more direct light increases efficiency and adds ambiance. Also, making sure all lights and ceiling fans are turned off when you leave a room can work wonders for a high electric bill.
Trying to heat or cool a house without sufficient insulation is a waste of time and money. These systems will work overtime in their climate-control attempts but will rarely reach the desired temperature. So, do a thorough check of all windows, doors, and other drafty spaces to ensure hot/cold air isn’t lost through a penetrable barrier.
Extreme Outdoor Temperatures
It can be tempting to crank up the A/C during an untimely spring heat wave. Rather than give in to extreme temperatures, however, a more practical approach involves keeping indoor temperatures as consistent as possible. Strong variations in thermostat settings can have a damaging effect on your electric bill, so put on an extra sweater when it dips below freezing and turn on the fan or sip iced tea when temperatures rise.