Have you noticed lately that your electric bill seems to be on the high side? There could be several reasons for this sudden spike. Some are probably obvious, while others might not be so noticeable. Let’s look at some of the top reasons your energy bill has jumped.
Energy Hogging Appliances– your big appliances like your washer and dryer, your dishwasher and refrigerator all use a lot of energy. These appliances are very useful so no one would want to give them up, but you can save some energy by limiting their use, and only doing full loads
Phantom Appliances– along those same lines, even though many of today’s appliances have been made to save energy, they also take up extra energy whenever they’re plugged in. Even when you’re not using them, as long as they are plugged in, they’re still sucking energy away that you might never even think about.
Charging Your Devices– one not so obvious culprit of energy loss is the many battery-operated tech devices we now use. Smartphones and tablets might not seem like big energy wasters. But if you look around your home you might be surprised at how many things you have charging and at how often. This energy use really adds up.
Dirty Air Ducts– this is another less obvious energy burner. Dirty air ducts cause your HVAC system to work harder, which means its use more energy and your bill goes up. Getting your ducts cleaned can reduce the stress on your HVAC unit, thus saving you money.
There are many things you can do around your home to help reduce your energy bill. And you can start by contacting Better Air Northwest to schedule your next air duct cleaning. Just call 360-852-6212 in Vancouver and 503-208-8351 in Portland, or click here to contact us online.