Why Is My Electric Bill So High?

Electricity Transmission LinesAre you continually shocked by the cost of your electricity bill? You take a good look at your power consumption and don’t see a good reason why your power bill is so big. Here are things that consume loads of energy that you may not be aware of:

1. Problematic Appliances

Some of your appliances may be using more power than usual. It could be because they’re old or not properly maintained. This especially applies one of the most probable culprits — your refrigerator. Best have the unit cleaned or checked for defects. To ensure it runs smoothly with no excess power usage, bring it to a fridge repair shop. Utah-based appliance service company All Pro Appliance Service, Inc. recommends always checking your unit’s wattage consumption and if it has an Energy Star rating.

2. Misuse of Units

It’s also possible that you’re not using appliances in the most practical way possible. For example, you might be using the dishwasher at just half a load. The same goes for your dryer or washing machine. The fact is that even with just ¼ or ½ of the load, these appliances will still consume the same amount of power. So if conserving energy is a priority for you, it’s best to have them filled before turning them on to make the most out of each usage.

3. Home Wiring

There’s also a small chance that your electricity’s wiring is not all your own. There are instances when your bill reflects your neighbor’s power consumption. It could be due to installation issues during construction. To solve this, try consulting a professional to double-check your home's wiring.

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4. Seasonal Appliances

Maybe you currently have the humidifier, heating or the air conditioner turned on. These appliances aren’t always used and may add up to your bill, thus creating a slight change in the amount. Devices unnecessary for the season might be secretly eating up your power consumption. Consider electric Halloween and Christmas decors as well.

Sometimes, all it takes are simple adjustments to your home to lower your power consumption. Try to do the math with your appliances and electronics to see if the uses match your bill readings.