Sky-rocketing utility costs

Skyrocketing electrical cost can be stressful. (Photo Credits)

What should a homeowner do when he receives an unexpectedly high electricity bill? Is there anything he can do to prevent the problem from recurring, or could there be an underlying issue in the home’s electrical system?

1st Light Energy tried to explain why a homeowner’s bill could be soaring through an article it published in their official homepage. Foremost among the reasons they cited is energy zapping appliances and electrical fixtures. American Lighting Association

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“Since appliances account for one of the biggest chunks of your electricity bill, it’s crucial that you’re not running ol’ clunkers when you should be upgrading to energy-efficient models instead. That Energy Star logo is more than a cute design on your washing machine or dishwasher. They may cost a few bucks more than traditional machines, but Energy Star appliances use less energy to get the job done just as well (or better!) than their other electricity-zapping counterparts. Appliances with the Energy Star logo let consumers know they’re making a conscious choice to use less electricity and lower their energy bills.”

Read the nine other reasons here.

Gadgets and Soaring Electrical Bills

Media news agency The Guardian meantime published a news feature that points to gadgets as a cause of the sky rocketing electrical bills. They cited the British society’s example of energy demand vis-à-vis high gadget usage. Master Electrician 

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“Around the world, the energy consumed by information, communication and consumer technologies will double by 2022 and triple by 2030, according to a study by the International Energy Agency (IEA), to a total of 1,700 terawatt hours. This is equivalent to the current combined total domestic electricity consumption of the United States and Japan, at a cost to households of around $200bn in electricity bills and requiring the addition of approximately 280 gigawatts of new generating capacity between now and 2030.”

Check out the rest of the news report here.

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The website Investopedia meanwhile shared some ways homeowners can lower their power consumption. One of the simple but helpful ways they cited is to install heavy drapes in the hottest areas of the house.

“A method that is frequently used to keep heat in during the winter time, can also effectively keep the chill from the air conditioner in the house during the warm summer months. Hanging heavy drapes in front of windows will help keep the house cool by not letting the glaring sun warm up the house. Depending on how many windows you have in your house, installing heavy drapes can be an effective way of keeping your house cool. If buying drapes for all of the windows in your home is too expensive, you could opt to hang them in the areas of your house that get the most sun exposure.”

Read the rest of their tips here.

Reducing energy costs will always start with the end-user.

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