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Do you have a concern about an unexpectedly high electric bill? The
following are some things you should consider:
- Heating/cooling system & ductwork for air flow and leaks
- Windows and doors for gaps that need caulking or weather
- Insulation in the attic and crawl space
- Location of water heater and quality of insulation
- A thermostat set too high or too low (particularly with heat
pumps in weather below 30 degrees)
- Well pump operation
- The next place to check is your monthly electric bill. If
you think your bill is too high, please take a look at the
bottom of the bill to see if the energy you used is similar to
usage in the previous month or in the same month from the last
year. Some members even like to
own meters to verify the accuracy of their recorded energy
- Sometimes weather or other changes or events can cause you to
use more energy.
Click here for a list of common causes. We may ask you if
you have made any recent changes in your home or acquired any
new appliances. A new hot tub or a second refrigerator could
be the reason why your usage has increased. This list may help
you point to the reason for extra energy.
- Fluctuations in the weather over time are measured in
heating degree days (HDD) which can help you account for
higher heating costs.
Learn more here.
- It is always a good idea to
assess your home's energy fitness ( 372 KB).
You'll save money and conserve energy in the process.
- Anyone who owns a home would benefit from conducting a
audit. If there is energy saving to be found the
energy saver will help you find those savings.
- The basic rule of thumb is that anything that heats or cools
uses the most energy in your home. Here is an
appliance usage chart ( 26 KB).
Listed in order of impact, the Heating/Cooling System, Water
Heater, Stove, Refrigerator/Freezers, and Dryer are examples of
equipment that can raise consumption.
- Want to learn more about your heating & cooling system? Visit
Virginia Energy Savers Handbook.
Even when you are away, your home continues to consume energy. Learn
more about the care and feeding
of your home.
Give Us a Call
If you have checked and cannot find a reason for an unexpectedly high
bill, give us a call at 800-367-2832 or send us an
will try to help you make sense of your energy consumption.
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