Why Is My Electric Bill So High?

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Most people expect to have high electric bills in the winter because of the need to heat their house to keep from being cold. However, some people are shocked when their electric bills are high in the summer too. Below are some of the reasons why your electric bill may be so high that you may not have thought of.

Take a Look at Your Bill

The best place to start is the bill. Is the electric company adding in any extra charges that they hadn’t included previously? If not, start looking at recent changes in your lifestyle.

Summer Break Means Having More Friends Over

When school ends, summer activities begin. However, many people don’t think about their electricity bill when they come up with an idea for a pool party or sleep over. Your guests are bound to want a cold drink or a bite to eat which means the refrigerator door will be opening and closing more than usual causing the cool air to escape. If you have guests staying the night, there will be more people than usual showering, watching television, turning lights on and using an overall increased amount of energy.

You’re A/C Is Running Full Blast

Depending on where you live, keeping your house cool may cost more than you think. On a 90+ degree fahrenheit day, your air conditioner has to work over time to keep your living space as cool as you want it to be. Help your air conditioning unit out by buying thermal and light blocking curtains such as the AcousticCurtainTM. The light blocking capability of the AcousticCurtainTM is great for keeping the sunshine out during the day. The sunlight alone can create more heat in the house causing your A/C to work harder. The thermal properties of the AcousticCurtainTM are not only great in the winter, but are great in the summer too. The curtain keeps the cool air in and the hot summer air out.

That Leaky Pipe May Be Costing You More Than You Think

Do you have a constant drip from one of your pipes or is your pool pump always running? Little problems such as these can cause a sudden increase in your electric bill. It is better to quickly fix these problems rather than let them continue and spike your electric bill over time.

Have You Bought Any New Toys?

Buying a new, larger television or anything that requires electricity can unexpectedly spike your electric bill. Try to spend less time watching TV and playing on your computer to reduce the amount of energy you use.

Tips

Turn off anything that is not currently in use. Turn the lights off when you leave a room. Turn off the TV when you are not watching it. Turn off your computer and unplug it when you are not using it. Try using an energy saving plug such as the Belkin Conserve Socket Energy-Saving Outlet. Only turn the cold air up as much as you need it. Having it just a few degrees warmer can help lower the electric bill.