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5 Reasons Your Electric Bill Could Be High

By NOPEC on  October 26, 2018

Has your energy bill been higher than usual? Are you trying to save money but aren't sure why so much is going to your electric bills? There can be several reasons why your bills may have started to climb. Check out our list of usual suspects to see if you're dealing with any of these issues.

Increased usage

Have you recently purchased new electronics that could be taking up more power, such as a desktop computer or microwave? Or maybe you have an electric range and have been cooking more often. Have you had guests recently? This could increase the use of the lights, washing machine, and dishwasher.

If this is the case, don't panic! It's likely that your usage will go down once your house guests leave and you get back to your normal routine.

Dated electronics

Your older electronics may not be as effective as when you first bought them. They also were not made with updated, current efficiency standards. Newer electronic come with ENERGY STAR, which means that appliances are backed up energy efficiency standards.

If you have a lot of older applications, you may want to keep an eye out for deals on ENERGY STAR products.

Phantom power 

You may think that you turned off all your electronics, but appliances can still use energy after they are powered down. Using a power strip or fully unplugging your appliances when you are not using them will help lower your monthly energy bill.

Outdated light bulbs

Using traditional incandescent bulbs is not an effective way to save energy. LED light bulbs on the other hand use 80-90% less energy than regular bulbs. Plus, they last longer, which means you don't have to worry about changing them as often. They can also be a bit pricier, so start with replacing the light bulbs you use most and continue from there.

Your home is not properly insulated

Air conditioning and heating can be a large reason as to why your electricity bill is higher. A home with older windows and outdated insulation can cause your air and heating units to have to work harder, thus using more electricity. Consider updating both to help lower your utility bills.

If your next utility bill seems to be a bit higher than normal, try running through this list before calling your energy provider. Putting a few of these things into practice will help lower your home energy costs enough to make you more comfortable with your monthly bill. Interested in more tips? Check out the NOPEC tip house.

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