If you find yourself wondering every month “Why is my electric bill so high?”, we may be able to help. There are a few things that may be taking up a lot of power that you can adjust to lower your usage and the cost of your utilities. Below, the Northfield electricians at Rowell’s identity a few causes of high electricity bills so you can see if one of them is the reason behind the spike in your power costs.
Leaving Appliances Plugged In When Not In Use
You may think that when you are not using something, it is not using any electricity, but this is not true! Most items still use power if they are plugged in, even if “off”. When you are done using an appliance, unplug it from the outlet to completely disconnect it from power. Start to make it a habit for your microwave, computer, TV, and other gadgets, and see the difference it makes in your bills.
Using Big Appliances Too Often
Larger appliances use a lot of power when used. If you are constantly running the washer and dryer or dishwasher, this could lead to your electricity bill being higher. Try to make sure you are only doing full loads of laundry and that you use the low heat setting. Likewise for dirty dishes, make sure that you only run the dishwasher when it is completely full to minimize the amount of power you are using. Using
Leaving Lights & Ceiling Fans On
There is no reason to leave the lights on in a room that is not being occupied, as this just wastes electricity for no reason. The same is true for keeping a ceiling fan on if you are not in that room. Make it
a habit to turn off the lights and to turn off any fans when you leave a space, and your electric bill should decrease. Changing to energy efficient light bulbs can also make a big difference.
Using Old Appliances For Too Long
If you should have replaced one of your appliances years ago, but you are trying to use it until it dies to save money, it could actually be costing you. Appliances that are past their expected lifespan lose a lot of their efficiency, and when they have to work harder, they use more energy. Consider having a new, energy efficient appliance installed.
Not Unplugging Chargers
Every time you charge one of your gadgets or devices, it is using electricity. However, even after you unplug the phone, computer, speaker, iPad, etc., the charger is still using power unless you unplug that as well. Make sure to disconnect them from the socket when you are done charging so that you are not wasting energy.
If you are getting frustrated thinking, “My electricity bill is too high” whenever you open it each month, consider what you can do as a property owner to curb your energy usage. Follow our helpful tips, or give us a call for more information!
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