Reason 3: Your Home Is Using More Energy Than Usual
This reason usually coincides with the changing seasons, but it also might be that you’ve got house guests staying for an extended time and running up the energy bill. More people in the house means more foot traffic in and out of your outside-facing doors and using your washer, dryer, and water heater more heavily.
A malfunctioning air conditioner or other appliance can be another source of energy waste. If your AC is running at full throttle all day, it’s using significantly more energy than it should. Sometimes, this issue is simply a matter of your AC being low on freon. One tell-tale sign of this problem is visibly frozen or dripping pipes on the indoor unit.
Solution: Do a Home Audit and Check Your Daily Usage
Check your thermostat, your new guests might have adjusted the settings on it to suit their taste and habits. It’s also a good idea to give the other appliances in your home a thorough once-over to see if they need any new filters, fluids, or maintenance to get the best performance out of them. Walk around your home to make sure all the windows and doors are closed to keep the cooled (or heated) air from escaping.
To keep better track of your energy usage, look out for our weekly usage emails to see how much energy you're using. It’ll give you a clearer picture of how and when you’re using the most energy and give you the insights you need to conserve energy more effectively.