Why Does My Energy Bill Keep Increasing?
We’ve all been there — you take a glance at your energy bill and notice that the amount owed is higher than usual. While this is typically the case during the holiday season (i.e., to illuminate the winter wonderland on your lawn), it can be rather unusual to run into any other time of the year.
If your electric company didn’t increase their rates, but your utility bill increased, here are a few common reasons why this may have happened (and what you can do about it)!
Not Using LED Bulbs
One of the most common ways that homeowners increase their energy usage is by using incandescent light bulbs rather than LED bulbs. For example, a standard 100-watt incandescent bulb needs about 876 kWh (kilowatt-hour) of energy to function, while a 100-watt LED bulb only uses approximately 0.50 kWh of energy — see the difference?
To help combat this, consider switching out every light bulb in your home with an LED bulb. Not only will they use less energy to illuminate your living space, but they can also help lessen your energy bill over time.
Having Older Appliances
While there might not appear to be an issue with your refrigerator or electric stove, there’s always the chance that they’re using much more energy than you realize. When going past the surface, a standard fridge can use up to 150 kWh per month, while an electric stove’s surface can use approximately 1–1.5 kWh per hour.
In a conscious effort to make an energy-efficient impact in your home, consider replacing your appliances (especially if they’ve been around between 10-15 years) — since newer models are manufactured to be much more energy-efficient. If your home is compatible with gas, think about switching your stove from electric to gas; it can help save more money in the long run!
Keeping Chargers Plugged In
A bad habit founded by many smartphone owners across the country is keeping their cell phone chargers plugged in when their device is not charging. While this is convenient and seems harmless, keeping the charger plugged in can continue to draw power (also known as “vampire power”), as well as increase the chances of an electrical spark from forming.
To help eliminate a problem from occurring and lessen your carbon footprint, consider unplugging your phone charger when your mobile device is fully charged.