High Energy Bills
Unlike other bills, for example a mortgage, rent or cell phone, your energy bills can be higher or lower from one month to the next based on a number of factors. Here are some items that may affect the fluctuations in your energy bill.
Multiple refrigerators or adding appliances and electronics can contribute to your energy bill. Inefficient appliances can end up costing you more, too. When it’s time to replace your appliances, our Marketplace has great offers to help you save.
Heating and cooling account for nearly half of the typical home’s energy usage. That means that any changes you make in heating and cooling can make a big difference in your bill. Even simple and free changes, such as closing drapes in the summer, minimize solar heat gain. Larger investments including insulation and weatherization create significant impact.
Your HVAC systems work harder when their filters are dirty and when they haven’t been maintained in a while. Be sure to clean or replace your filter(s) monthly and keep your system operating at maximum efficiency with an annual checkup by a qualified technician.
A new room makes your heating and cooling system work harder and longer than before. Also, more people, for example a new baby or house guests require more energy as well.
Cold days in the winter and hot summer days make your heating and cooling system work harder to keep your home comfortable. Plan ahead by improving the insulation in your home and preventing air leaks.
Install a programmable thermostat and set it at 68º in the winter and 78º in the summer.