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High Energy Bills? (This is Why You Can’t Have Nice Things)

Did your jaw hit the floor when you opened your energy bill from last month?

Was it higher than the month before? What about the month before that? Or even the year before?

If your energy bills keep on climbing, it’s time to do some digging!

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What to Check if You Have High Energy Bills

Your HVAC System

As the weather warms up, you’re going to be using your AC unit more and more often (the same goes for your heating system during the winter).

If you notice your energy bills are increasing when it’s extremely hot out (or cold during winter), you might want to have the HVAC system inspected by a professional technician.

Yes, all energy bills increase when the HVAC system is used more. But if the bills are higher than they’ve ever been before, something like a broken part or lack of maintenance could be causing the inefficiency.

Windows and Doors

A lot of people will complain that they have high energy bills even after they repair or replace their HVAC system, especially during summer and winter when it’s used the most.

If this is the case, you may want to check the envelope of your home. What does this mean?

It means you need to check to see if there are air leaks throughout your home. The most common areas where you’ll find air leaks are window and door frames.

See if you can feel a draft. If the window or door loosely fits within the frame, warm air could get into your cool house. While in winter, warm air will escape to the cold outside (warm air always travels to cooler air).

Consider adding weatherstripping to these frames OR replace the windows and doors themselves if they’re faulty.

The Type of Light Bulbs You Use

You should also be checking to see what type of light bulbs you use throughout your home. If you’re still using traditional incandescent bulbs, your energy bills are going to be a lot higher than they need to be.

Consider switching to CFL or LED bulbs. These two light bulb types specialize in using less energy without being less bright!

Don’t be intimidated by the cost of these bulbs either. CFL and LED light bulbs might be more expensive than traditional light bulbs, but they use less energy AND last a lot longer.

When you notice your energy bills increasing month after month, it’s time to find out why. (Because more than likely, something needs to be addressed or fixed.)

Whether you need an HVAC technician, electrician, or a plumber — you know who to call!