Your everyday appliances could be having an impact
- Have you recently added new appliances like a dehumidifier, a fish tank, medical equipment (oxygen concentrator) or a pool heater to your home?
- Did you recently use a natural gas generator to supply electricity to your home?
- Have you started doing smaller loads/more frequent loads of laundry in your washing machine? Did you previously use cold water and are now using warm or hot water to wash your clothes? Read these laundry tips to save even more money!
- Do you routinely clean out the filter in your dryer and annually clean your vent duct?
- Have you changed from running full loads to partial loads in the dishwasher?
- Are there loose gaskets on your refrigerator or freezer that are allowing cold air to escape, causing the unit to run more often? Have the coils been cleaned regularly? Is your refrigerator more full than usual or your freezer less full than usual?
Appliance checkups keep costs down
Expecting a lower bill after being out of town?
Is your hot water heater using more energy?
Do you have a private well?
Is the weather having an impact?
- Rates differing between the summer and winter months. In the summer, the cost to produce electricity rises and so does the usage by our customers.
- An increase in precipitation causing your sump pump to run more often.
- Your furnace or air conditioner working harder to keep up with extremely warm or cold temperatures.
Keep in mind, every household is different
- Comparing your residence’s utility bill to a neighbor’s utility bill is not helpful. Structures of the same size will differ in consumption and energy charges because of variations in insulation, windows, appliances, maintenance, lifestyles and family size.
- In multi-unit buildings, size of unit, floor plan, number of windows, tree coverage, which floor the unit is on, age of appliances, resident’s lifestyle and the number of people living in the unit all will cause differences in bills between the residents. Occupancy in the units around you can impact energy efficiency:
- Vacant units below you can increase your bill in the summer as heat rises.
- Vacant units below you in the winter can increase your bill as you are not getting the benefit of the heat rising.
- Guests staying in your home usually leads to more cooking and more showers. More energy usage can also come from them needing to charge their own electronics.
- Students coming home from college can increase usage when they open up the refrigerator, use the TV, adjust the thermostat, do more loads of laundry and take more showers more often.
- Working and attending school from home can increase your energy usage for a variety of reasons. See some of our tips for cutting this extra usage.
- Also consider whether there may have been an adjustment to your bill or an amount increase in your Budget Billing calculation.