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How does your energy consumption compare to last year?

If your consumption comparable to last year's use at this time? Your bill statement shows an energy consumption history chart that compares the previous year's consumption to your current consumption. 

Is the year-to-year comparison similar? If not, has anything changed from this year to last year?

We have compiled a list of questions for you to review.

  • Has anything changed?

  • Are you living in the same house as last year?

Energy use can vary widely from home to home so it’s difficult to compare different houses. Homes can different levels of insulation, heating sources, shapes, and structure. The houses may even be facing a different direction that skews how it retains or loses heat.

  • Do you have same number of people in the home?

  • Are people spending more time at home?

The number of occupants impacts the amount of energy consumption.

  • Did you have visitors?

  • Did your child become a teenager who now takes long showers and leaves the lights on?

  • Did someone start working from home?

  • Did someone have an illness or health issue requiring them stay home more often or is there a new baby in the house?

During the holidays, students are home more often, and guests are in the house, so we tend to run the furnace more often leading to more unaccounted for energy use. While enjoying company and family is a pleasure, there are more dishes to wash, meals to cook, showers to take, and laundry to wash, all of which use more electricity.

  • Are there any new appliances or “toys” in the home?

  • Did you buy anything new this year like a hot tub or landscaping feature?

  • Is there a new aquarium or other hobby?

Perhaps you’ve plugged in a RV that wasn’t previously connected. Think about refrigerators, freezers and other appliances in your garage.

  • Is anything malfunctioning or broken?

Sometimes malfunctioning hot water heaters, hot tubs, electric furnaces or other large appliances are malfunctioning and using excessive energy.

  • What appliances are using power?

Turn all breakers off and turn them back on one at a time to isolate areas of the home using more power. Appliances will pull more power than expected and may have something not working properly. If you suspect this, call an electrician for help in finding out what the problem could be.

  • Is anyone using space heaters?

Portable electric space heaters use a lot of electricity and are notoriously expensive to run especially if you have more than one.

  • Where did set your thermostat?

  • Is your thermostat accurate?

You may be keeping your home warmer than you think which would account for a higher energy bill. We recommend a setting of 68 degrees during the winter. For each degree lower you can look forward to a 3% reduction in your energy use. To determine if your thermostat is working properly, take a temperature reading with a thermometer near your thermostat. See if they are the sane readings.

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