5 Reasons Your Electric Bill is So High
If you're not sure how much your utilities will cost each month, it can be daunting to keep a budget. Although blaming your provider for higher rates is usually easy, your bill is actually much more likely to be high due to your use. In order to help you start saving money, we have listed some of the culprits behind the use of high household energy and suggestions of how to lower your usage rate.
- Letting Vampire Appliances Bleed You Dry
One of the main reasons your electric bill may be high is that you are plugging in your devices or computers whether or not you are using them. While this may not have been such a problem years ago, once switched off, most modern appliances and gadgets draw electricity.
When you press the “Power" button on your DVR, computer, or television, it actually transition to a standby mode so it can be turned back on faster, either for continued use or to carry out a scheduled tasks like recording a TV show or brewing a pot of coffee.
You can start saving energy by connecting devices to power strips and turning off the power strips when you’re not using them. The proper way of turning off a device is by unplugging it from the power source.
- Feeding Energy Hog Appliances
Big appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines have insatiable appetites for electricity, and too often they can drive up your electricity bill. The average American family actually does nearly 400 laundry loads a year and uses nearly 40 gallons of water for a full load.
Make sure you fill it to capacity for your dishwasher before running it, choose a suitable wash cycle and change the drying setting to low heat.
- Misusing Lights and Ceiling Fans
Most people make the mistake of using lamps to affect the brightness of a whole room, which actually can lead to high electrical bills. Nevertheless, lighting is only efficient when used specifically to illuminate specific areas of a house, such as couches, chairs, kitchen tables and work spaces. Full room ceiling lights are much less effective to provide the light you need than individual lamps. When you leave lights on when nobody needs them, you will also spend more on your electric bill.
Ceiling fans only affect the temperature of the room in which they’re installed, so it doesn’t make sense to leave a ceiling fan on if nobody’s in the room.
Use lighting only for specific areas that are in used and make sure to turn off lights when no one is using it. Change out inefficient incandescent light bulbs for energy-efficient CFL bulbs to save money when the lights are on. Turn your ceiling fans off when nobody’s in the room.
- Using Appliances Past Their Prime
Using outdated appliances is probably one of the bigger reasons why you’re paying more on your electric bill. The fact is old appliances can simply consume a lot of energy than new energy-efficient models.
Upgrade your home appliances with new energy-efficient models. A new energy-efficient refrigerator, for example, uses about four times less electricity than an older model.
- Device-Charging Frenzy
Look around your home at all the technology that uses chargers: cell phones, MP3 players, iPads and tablet PCs, electric razors, electric toothbrushes, laptops, portable game systems and a whole slew of similar devices. These gadgets may be plugged for a long period of hours even if it’s already fully charged or not in use.
Unplug AC adapters and chargers from sockets when not in use or when it is already fully-charged, as they’ll pull electricity simply from being plugged in. Unnecessary charging not only costs money, it can shorten your gadget’s battery life.
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At Frontline Electrical Services we love helping our customers feel safe and secure in their homes. To have your home’s wiring checked or to receive your free home energy consult and you are in the Benicia, Walnut Creek or Fairfield, California or surrounding areas, contact us today at 800-945-0268 (here is a map to our location) and we’ll have one of our certified specialist analyze your electricity usage and give you the information you need to make sure your home is the most energy-efficient it can be!