Why Is My Electric Bill So High?

Why Is My Electric Bill So High?

July 27, 2020

Since 1990, the average annual electricity bill per residential customer in the U.S. has almost doubled. With energy rates continuing to climb, many property owners are asking the same question, “Why is my electric bill so high?” While you may not have the ability to control inflation or rising fees, there are some ways that families and businesses can reduce their energy usage and save long term. At Mr. Electric of Dallas, we enjoy helping local clients find ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their electrical system, and we want the same results for you. If your monthly utility costs far surpass that of your neighbors, friends and family, here is some more information that can help you cut costs and reach your financial goals. 

Inefficient Light Bulbs 

Are you still using conventional incandescent bulbs? LED light use up to 80% less electricity than traditional alternatives. They also last more than 25 times longer. The combination of longevity and energy efficiency make changing your bulbs well worth the effort. 

Poor Insulation

Do you live in an older home with old or non-existent insulation? Then you are probably putting too much strain on your HVAC system. A well-insulated home will help to better regulate indoor temperatures and will help you save more energy. 

Old Appliances 

Outdated appliances are not very energy efficient. If you want to reduce the amount of electricity used during daily activities, consider replacing your old refrigerator, oven or washing machine with a smart model or a unit that is energy star rated. 

Inconsistent Thermostat Settings 

Are you constantly adjusting your thermostat? Inconsistent thermostat settings can cause your HVAC system to go into overdrive. By choosing a more consistent temperature, you can reduce the amount of energy used. A smart thermostat will help you maximize your energy usage and offers advanced features like timers and remote control via mobile app. 

Phantom Energy Use

Devices that remain plugged into the outlet when not in use can draw phantom energy from your system. Desktop computers, video game consoles, televisions, cable boxes, DVR devices and similar electronics are common culprits. Unplug these devices when they are not being used or consider installing a smart outlet or power strip. They will help you monitor your energy usage and allow you to turn off individual outlets as needed even when you are away from home. 

Are You Looking for Ways to Save on Your Monthly Electric Costs? Call Mr. Electric Today 

Have you become fed up with your rising utility bills? Get your electrical usage under control with help from the experts at Mr. Electric of Dallas. Our licensed and insured electricians offer a wide range of residential and commercial electrical services including inspections, energy audits, smart appliance installation and integration, LED lighting installation and more. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment with a certified electrician in Dallas, Lake Highlands, Oak Lawn, Highland Park, University Park, Farmers Branch, Inwood, Lakewood, Coppell, Carrollton, Richardson, Addison, Irving, Arlington or a surrounding North Texas community.