I have the privilege of helping our customers solve the riddles when they feel their utility costs are too high. It is often a challenge to really get to the bottom of a high bill, especially when on first look there is nothing out of the ordinary. I will tell you about three common areas that will cause your utility bills to rise. In each case, you will have some options to counter the impact with a conservation tip.
First, the weather has a great impact on your utility bills because heating and cooling our homes is the single largest energy expense. Comparing one year’s bill to another year has some merit for an average range of costs, but I have seen a bill be double from one February to the next purely due to a difference in the temperature.
Conservation Tip: When there is extreme weather either hot or cold, each degree you change your thermostat will save or cost you between 4-7% on your bill.
2) Family Household