Does fear strike you when your electric bill arrives? Homeowners across South Florida experience this stressful time every month. Most homeowners will agree that they spend too much money on the electric bill. Leaving them asking, “Why is my electric bill so high?” The following details will answer this common question.

  • Technology Gadgets – Homes have a variety of items that require charging. These gadgets include electric razors, laptops, MP3 players, cell phones, portable gaming systems and more. Charging these gadgets takes electricity that higher your electric bill.
  • Appliances – Homes are filled with modern technology such as flat screen televisions, DVRs, TiVos, coffee makers and other appliances that remain plugged into outlets all day. These appliances are designed to make life easier. This is the truth! It feels great to smell the coffee brewing in the morning before you step out of bed and it feels great when you know your DVR is recording all of your favorite shows. This is what modern civilization is all about, convenience. These luxuries have to remain plugged in at all times in order to work properly. This means they are using electricity while you are sleeping, at work and away from the house.
  • Big Appliances – Your dishwasher, refrigerator, and washing machine are necessary appliances for every home. However, did you know they are the main culprits for using the most electricity? To help lower your bill, make sure you fill your dishwasher to capacity and only use hot water when necessary for laundry loads. Making these small changes will help lower your electric bill over time.
  • Air Conditioners – South Florida residents need air conditioners. It’s simply too hot to live without one. If your air conditioner is old, requires repairs or needs to be replaced it can use plenty of electric. Older air conditioners that struggle to keep up with the temperature demands will cause your electric bill to increase. A new unit can lower your bill quickly throughout the month.
Using electricity wisely is an excellent way to lower your electric bill. Unplug gaming systems, DVRs and other gadgets that are not being used on a daily basis. You might have a DVR in every room but only use the one in the living room. Unplug the other DVRs to save money. Keep your appliances running in good condition at all times to avoid a hike in your electric bill. If you find that the improvements and changes are not helping to lower your, contact a licensed electrician for further assistance.