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Reasons You May Be Experiencing Spiking Power Bills

There’s nothing fun about spiking power bills. When your power bill is unusually high, there’s usually a reason behind the increase. Keep reading to learn more about why your electric bill may have risen suddenly.

Using Old or Less-Efficient Appliances

Large appliances, such as your HVAC system and washer, can consume a significant amount of energy if they’re more than 10 years old. When upgrading to newer and more efficient models, choose Energy Star-qualified appliances with higher efficiency ratings.

Seasonal Weather Changes

Heat waves and cold snaps can make you use more energy to cool or heat your home. The increased electricity usage will cause your electric bill to rise. A smart, programmable thermostat, ceiling fans, and weatherization can help you reduce electrical consumption during extreme weather.

Lack of Proper Insulation

Your home will lose conditioned air through the attic, doors, and windows if it isn’t well insulated. As a result, your HVAC system will work harder to keep your house comfortable, using more electricity and resulting in spiking power bills. Upgrade to newer, energy-efficient windows, increase attic insulation, and caulk or weatherstrip doors and windows.

Dirty Air Filter

A dirty air filter makes your HVAC system work much harder, wasting energy and increasing your electric bill. Changing your air filters regularly helps reduce your energy costs.

Vampire Appliances

Your electric bill may be high because many appliances you leave plugged in continue sucking energy even when not in use. Such appliances include televisions, chargers, microwaves, and game consoles, and if left plugged in, they can lead to spiking power bills.

AC Problems

AC issues such as compressor failure, a failing motor, and low refrigerant can affect your air conditioner’s ability to cool your home. As a result, the system will keep running. You can avoid such issues by scheduling annual AC maintenance.

Open Windows

Conditioned air goes to waste when you leave windows open while the HVAC system is running. You should turn your HVAC system off if you want to leave your windows open.

Now that you know some of the common reasons for spiking power bills, take the necessary steps that will save you money on electricity. For all your HVAC needs and assistance with finding the right energy-efficient upgrades in the Yuma area, contact Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company.