• Adam H. Cooke

Why is your Electric Bill going Up? 12 Reasons I

Updated: 18 hours ago

Oct 23rd 2021

You probably don't pay too much attention to your electricity bill if you're like most people. It's sent by your utility, and you then forget about it until the following month. You suddenly notice that your bill has increased or doubled in value -

Rising energy costs are frustrating. After all, your housing payment doesn't change. Your car payment remains the same every month.

There are many reasons why your utility bill could rise or swing as high as $50 to $75 per month. There are many things you can do to reduce your utility bill. First, you need to determine the reason your bill is so high. We will discuss 12 reasons why utility bills are increasing and what you can do to fix them.

#1 Vampire sources draining power

You turn off your lights when you go away. You unplug your curling machine. And you might adjust the temperature to conserve energy. These are great things, but there are still vampire sources of electricity.

Vampires are appliances that remain plugged in. Think your television, your kitchen appliances, your smart speaker, your computer. These electronics and appliances draw very little energy. Your computer will continue to use energy even if it isn't plugged in to the wall or left charging while you are away.

This is a waste of money and energy. Although vampire sources won't cause an immediate $50 increase in your electricity bill, they can add up over time. According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, this idle power usage is responsible for 10% of residential electricity consumption. This can lead to an increase in energy costs of more than $100 per year.

The easy solution is: When you are done using them, unplug them. Even though you aren't actively using them, they still use electricity passively. That electricity can add up o