There are several things you can do to save money on your electric
bill - from conserving energy to using online tools. Check out our Lower My Bill Guide.
Why has my bill gone up?
If your bill has suddenly gone up:
Sign in to compare your usage against previous months to see
how factors like weather and rates have affected your energy consumption.
If your usage has increased, ask yourself these questions:
Has there been a significant hot or cold spell?
Hot summer and cold winter days mean your heating and cooling system has to
work harder to keep your home comfortable. Prepare ahead by improving the
insulation in your home and preventing air leaks.
Have you added to your home?
A new room makes your heating and cooling system work harder and longer, increasing your energy usage.
Have you been on vacation?
Your bill will probably go down a little while you're away, then go back to
normal when you return and wash extra laundry, etc.
Are there more people in your house than usual?
More people (especially a new baby) mean more showers or baths, more laundry,
and a general increase in electricity use for lights, television, etc.
Have you added or replaced any major appliances?
Adding a dishwasher, for example, means more electricity for the appliance and
possibly more to heat water. Use our handy online calculator to see how much it
costs to run your appliances.
Have you checked the filters in your heating and cooling system
Dirty filters make your system work harder. Clean or
replace your filter(s) monthly. An annual checkup by a qualified technician will also ensure your system is operating efficiently.
What are your thermostat settings?
During the heating season, set your thermostat back at night (gas, oil or
propane systems). For heat pump systems, it's best to find a comfortable setting
and leave it there. During the cooling season, save as much as 3% on your
energy costs for every degree you raise the thermostat setting. Use ceiling
fans to help circulate cooled air.