Did your power bill recently double? There are many reasons to see a spike in your electric bill. Let the experts at Expert Express help you determine what could be wrong and how you can fix it.
To start, let’s take a look at your electric bill and make sure you are reading it correctly.
How to Read Your Power Bill
- Make sure you know what billing plan you are on. Whether you are being charged for your monthly usage or are on a budget billing plan effects how you are paying for your power. If you’re charged monthly for your usage, you’ll receive a bill every cycle charging you for the number of kilowatt hours your household used that month. If you’re on a monthly budget billing plan, your utility takes the number of kilowatt hours you consumed last year, assumes that you’ll use around the same this year, and creates a monthly average for you to pay.
- Electric vs. water vs. gas – make sure you know what bill you are looking at. Electricity is measured in kilowatt hours while a water bill is measured in gallons, and gas is measured in BTUs.
- Understand what you are paying for. There are lots of charges that make up your power bill but you are not only paying for the electricity you use, you are also paying for the employees at the utility company. Look at each bill line by line to determine where the high charges are coming from. Some of them you will not be able to change.
- Know how many hours of power you use a month. Most of the time the bill will break out your daily use. Make sure you are reading your bill correctly and do not confuse your daily rate and monthly rate.
- Total up your cost for electricity for the month.
You can learn more about the correct way to read your electric bill and see examples of bills at EnergySave.com.
Why is My Power Bill so High?
Here are five reasons you could see a spike in your power bill:
- Leaving your appliances plugged in while you are not using them.
- Not turning your lights or television off when you leave the house.
- Letting the ceiling fan run all the time.
- Not using energy efficient appliances and light bulbs or using old appliances.
- Lastly, your air conditioning unit or heater may be running too often or your home may not be properly insulated. This is where we can help!
Heating and Cooling Driving up the Bill?
In most cases, half of your electric bill costs come from your heating and cooling expenses. You could be seeing high numbers in this department for a number of reasons.
First things first, is your home well insulated? If not, all of the heat and air conditioning could be escaping through windows, doors, or the attic. Is your HVAC unit running all the time? This is a quick way to double or triple your bill. Are you doing things to keep your house cool in a frivolous way? Check out our Expert Encouragement on low costs way to stay cool.
Lastly, make sure you are signed up for our Maintenance Plan. With our Maintenace Plan, you get two cleaning visits, discounts on parts and labor, and more. It is the best way to ensure you keep your system running smoothly and your energy bill down when it comes to your HVAC.