What Causes High Electric Bills?


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A home's HVAC system and appliances are the most common causes of high electricity bills. Most modern appliances and gadgets draw electricity when turned off, which causes them to consume a lot of electricity over a long period.

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What Causes High Electric Bills?
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A paper published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration in 2013, concluded that 34 percent of electricity bills comes from appliances while 41 percent comes from space heating. Therefore, in order to reduce electricity bills, an individual might consider using fewer appliances or conducting an energy audit to detect any problems with the home's insulation or heating system.

Electronic devices such as DVRs, computers and televisions consume energy even when on standby or sleep mode. Microwave ovens and coffee makers also contribute to a higher energy bill because they use clocks that need power to keep time while turned off. Larger appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washer and clothes dryers can also significantly increase the electricity bill, especially if they are used often.

According to Sparkenergy, the average American family does almost 400 loads of laundry a year and uses almost 40 gallons of water for a full load. Families can cut down the cost of doing laundry by having only one laundry day each week and choosing an appropriate wash cycle that incorporates no-heat drying.

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