What causes energy bills to suddenly increase?
Energy costs vary, but here are four common reasons why they may suddenly increase:
- Extreme weather. Sudden changes in temperature can put a real strain on your heating or cooling system, and your energy bills. (If winter bills are what you're struggling with, check out this article and video from our Energy Advisor.)
- Change in occupancy. Kids moving back home or weekend guests bring unwelcome energy costs. Lights get left on longer, more devices need charging, and more hot water goes down the drain.
- Equipment failure. If your heat pump compressor fails in the winter, it triggers back-up electric coils to provide heat, which is more expensive than using the compressor. A leaking water heater will also use more energy to heat cold make-up water.
- Air leaks. Cracked caulking around windows or worn weatherstripping in exterior doors can create gaps that let conditioned air out, making your heating or cooling system work harder.
What you can do to save:
- Install LED lights. They use less energy than conventional bulbs and last longer. (Click here to see the calculator that proves it!)
- Have your HVAC system cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional.
- Repair or replace any appliances or equipment that are malfunctioning
- Air seal windows and doors with caulk and weatherstripping. Check for gaps in your attic and basement as well.
- Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators to reduce hot water consumption.
- Unplug unused electronic devices, or plug them into an advanced power strip, which automatically switches off power to devices not in use.
- Find DIY efficiency projects and other simple, cost-effective tips on our "Ways to Save" page
- Try our various energy calculators, where you input factors to see what affects your bills when it comes to your HVAC system, space heaters, lighting, and more.
Consider a home energy audit, either by phone or in person. A qualified auditor will inspect your home and recommend measures you can take to lower your energy costs. Learn more or schedule with us here.
Still have questions? Give us a call at 800-686-2357. As a cooperative, we exist to serve our members... even if that means helping you use LESS of our product. Contact us for advice today!