If you’re like most people, you probably don’t pay much attention to your power bill. Your utility sends it, you pay it, and then you forget about it until the next month. However, suddenly you notice that your bill has jumped up or even doubled. Now, why did that happen? In this post, we will be unveiling some of the reasons why your power bills keep skyrocketing. Read more to learn the best ways to protect yourself from high energy costs.
WHAT IS DRAINING YOUR POWER?
When you leave home, you turn off the lights, you unplug your curling iron, and you may adjust the temperature to save energy while you’re not there. Those are all great things to do, but the chances are that you still have vampire sources draining electricity.
Energy vampires are appliances and electronics that stay plugged in all the time. Think about your television, your kitchen appliances, your smart speaker, your computer. These appliances and electronics draw a small amount of energy all the time. When you leave your computer charging or even leave the charger plugged into the wall without your computer connected to it, it will continue to consume energy long after it’s charged. When this happens, you’re wasting both energy and money. While vampire sources may not cause a sudden surge in your energy bill, they are small drains of electricity that add up over time, especially if you have a lot of them.
How can you salvage this? Unplug devices when you are done with them. Even if you’re not actively using them, they’re passively using electricity. And that electricity adds up over time. Stop these vampire sources right away to keep those little charges from driving your energy bill up over time.
Don’t want to unplug? We get it! Who needs another chore? Check out point number 5 of our How to Spend Less on Electricity blog post to get a better idea of how to minimize vampire energy without adding to your to-do list.
INEFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS
When purchasing a light bulb, you have lots of options to choose from: incandescent bulbs, halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. All these bulbs use different amounts of energy.
Incandescent light bulbs and CFLs emit light and heat in all directions, which can waste a lot of energy. LED bulbs are much more efficient because they emit light in a specific direction. They use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer, which means that you’ll save money on bulbs and energy over the long term.
Next time you need a light bulb, look for ENERGY STAR-certified LED lights. These bulbs have been thoroughly tested and adhere to strict conservation requirements, and they can help you lower your electricity bill.
COOLING COSTS GETTING YOU HOT?
There are two ways to keep cool in Nigeria.
- Open the windows and let the breeze cool you off
- Close all the windows and let your AC cool you down
Unfortunately, that means that sometimes we forget to close the windows when the air conditioner is running and vice versa.
When running your AC, your windows may not be as closed as you think they are and this can cost you big-time. Insufficient insulation may be the single biggest culprit behind high energy bills. Think about the work your AC system does to keep your home at your desired temperature, especially if you live in an extreme climate. If your home isn’t properly insulated, your warm or cool air will escape.
Additionally, the type of AC you have can be just as costly. If you have an older, energy inefficient model, you could be doubling your cost of cooling without even knowing it. Many of our customers find that upgrading to a more energy efficient AC unit pays for itself in under a year.
Considering that heating and cooling your home makes up more than half (54%) of your monthly utility bill, it is easy to see how open windows and inefficient ACs can cost you quite a lot.
These are some of the biggest factors that might explain why your power bills could be rising. We hope that you learned something new today.
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