Surprising Reasons Why Your Electric Bill is So High
Like “sticker shock” in the auto industry, “bill shock” happens every time you tear open an outstanding monthly electric bill. As a result, you’ve probably wondered if utility rates have shot up, or if a neighbor is plugging extension cords into your garage outlets at night.
In most households, electrical usage tends to creep upward insidiously unless residents are mindful of all potential sources of excess consumption.
Here are some surprising reasons your electric bill is so shockingly high: Extreme weather events
When an arctic cold blast or a summer heat wave strikes, your electricity costs may soar if your home isn’t well-sealed and insulated against these occurrences. Even if you utilize gas-fired heating, your furnace blower is a significant electricity consumer. An energy evaluation of your home can pinpoint where heating and cooling electricity’s being wasted.
Not utilizing available energy-saving options
Your dishwasher may offer a no-heat overnight dry setting, while your computers, printers and home entertainment equipment may have sleep mode settings to reduce power drain. Taking advantage of these electricity savers can reduce bill shock.
Our digital lifestyle revolves around devices that must be charged. Unfortunately, even when they aren’t charging techno-knick knacks, plugged-in chargers are sipping juice in small amounts that can add up to big cost increases. To solve this problem, unplug chargers when they’re not in use.
That outmoded refrigerator, washer, or energy-hogging HVAC system you’re hanging on to are probably relics from a bygone era of low electricity costs. While they may still be technically functional on a daily basis, they’ve exceeded their efficiency lifespan and are increasingly driving up your electrical bills. Upgrade now and start saving electricity today.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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