You might have looked at your last electric bill with shock. Why is it so high? There are a couple of different reasons why your electricity bill may be so high. Next time you look at your electricity bill consider these 6 important factors about your home energy use:
Why Your Electric Bill is Rising
- Electricity rates fluctuate by the hour: Did you know electricity rates have peak hours? Peak hours are when the utility companies experience the most demand for power and charge the most. That being said, your electricity rates can fluctuate significantly during peak and non-peak hours. Keep this in mind when you go to turn on the washing machine or dryer when you get home from work at 6 PM!
- Not running your appliances efficiently: When your appliances aren’t maintained, they have to work harder. To help lower your bill consider some of these tips: Always wash/dry a full load of clothes, Install a dimmer on all light switches, Always clean the lint trap in your dryer, Always change your AC filter.
- Your home needs a major insulation reboot: Heating and cooling your home takes up a lot of your electric bill. If your home isn’t properly insulated all your air/heat and your money is flying out the cracks in your window frames. This can be problematic if you live in an area with extreme heat and cold.
- Your appliances may be in standby mode: Did you know when you turn off your TV it’s not actually off? This is the case with other appliances too like a DVR, PlayStation and many more. When you turn off your device, but leave it plugged in it’s not actually off, it’s in standby mode. So even when you’re not using them, your devices are making updates and downloading content. This means your energy is being used at all hours. This standby mode is responsible for 10% of your power bill. For example, a USB hub used just as much energy on as it does off. A DVR box only uses one less watt off than when it’s on.
- Not using energy-efficient appliances: Appliances account for a significant chunk of your electricity bill. You can help your bill out a little by running newer models rather than the old clunkers. Look for appliances that have the energy star logo. This logo was established to let consumers know that labeled appliances help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy. These appliances may cost more initially, but they work efficiently and use less energy, saving you money in the long run. Also, consider using LED or light-emitting diode, light bulbs. These are semiconductor diodes that glow when voltage is applied. LED lights use 80-90% less energy than traditional light bulbs. They give you plenty of light and last basically forever.
- Lacking a home solar system: Lastly, your electric bill is high because you have no home solar system. On average, electric bills are usually around $100 a month. That’s a $1,200 annual expense. After 20 years that grows to $24,000 spent on electric. Installing solar panels can eliminate or reduce these numbers dramatically.
How Switching to Solar Can Lower Your Bill
Having Surf Clean Energy install solar panels on your home can help decrease and eventually eliminate many of these rising energy costs. Once turned on, your solar panels will start producing more energy that you need, leaving you with energy credits. This could give you a discount on future electric bills. With properly sized solar panels for your home, you can offset up to 70% to 90% of your home’s energy use. On average that can save $100 a month on your electric bill. The sooner you start the sooner you’ll be saving money. Don’t fall for all those myths you’ve heard about solar.
Having a lower electric bill can help your family save for more fun things like a family vacation. With solar panels becoming more and more popular around the country, don’t be the only one on the block without them. Call Surf Clean Energy at (866) 631-7873 or visit our website to learn how you can start your solar journey today.