A miscalculation or simply high energy use?

You’ve opened your electric bill and glance at the amount due and do a double-take. How could your electric use possibly add up to that amount you wonder? While miscalculations do happen, the majority of members calling about a higher than usual bill find out it’s due to their increased energy usage.

If you have a higher than usual electric bill here are some things to check out:

  • REVIEW THE BILLING PERIOD. For example, the bill you receive in January is for usage November 20th through December 20th. Be sure to check the number of days in the billing cycle.
  • REVIEW THE RATE. Energy rates have increased over the years. Even if you haven’t been using more electricity your bill has increased due to rates.
  • SEASON USE. Did you run a dehumidifier? A dehumidifier can use as much electricity as an air conditioner. Have you been running space heaters or heat tapes? Have the holidays brought increased baking, lighting and guests?
  • TELEVISIONS AND OTHER ELECTRONICS. Have you added a new plasma or LCD television? These use more energy than a standard television. Video gaming devices and computers can add up too.
  • WELL PUMPS. Does your well pump seem to be running all the time? The pump should run once in a while, but not every time you turn on a faucet or flush a toilet.
  • EXTRA APPLIANCES. How many refrigerators or freezers do you have plugged in? Keep in mind that old appliances typically use more energy than new Energy Star rated appliances.

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