One of the biggest responsibilities of being a mom is keeping your household expenses low. While some expenses stay the same every month, your energy bills can fluctuate significantly from month to month. It can be difficult to pinpoint the main culprits for high-energy bills, especially if your bills do not seem to match your energy consumption. To help clear up the confusion, here are four reasons your electric bill is so high.

Energy VampiresEnergy vampires are appliances and gadgets that continue to consume energy even when they are shut off, as long as they are still plugged in. There can be dozens of these vampires lurking in your home, including:

  • Instant-on TVs
  • DVD players
  • Surround sound systems
  • Cable or satellite boxes
  • Microwaves
  • Computers and tablets
  • Computer-related equipment, such as printers, modems, and routers
  • Cell phone chargers
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), energy vampires may account for up to 10 percent of your electric bill. The percentage can be higher if you and your kids use a lot of modern appliances and gadgets with standby mode. Instead of going through the hassle of pulling out the plugs, you can defend against these energy suckers by using power strips with on and off switches.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Systems 
 A DOE report shows that heating and cooling units make up about 48 percent of the energy consumption in a typical American home, making them the main energy expense for most households. This is the reason why you will see a substantial increase in your electric bills during months with extreme temperatures. There are a number of things you can do to reduce the energy consumption of your HVAC systems, including:

  • Using your heating and cooling units more sparingly
  • Insulating your home properly
  • Closing curtains, shades, and blinds during summer
  • Cleaning your air conditioner filters regularly
  • Repairing your faulty air conditioners
Old and Faulty Appliances 
 Old and faulty appliances require more power to run, resulting in higher energy consumption. As such, it is essential to service and repair your appliances to ensure that they can deliver optimal performance while having minimal impact on your electric bills. You can reduce your energy costs by repairing your air conditioning units if they are faulty and cleaning their filters, registers, ducts, and radiators regularly. If you have appliances that have already exceeded their intended lifetimes, consider replacing them with new energy-efficient ones.

Lighting
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lighting accounts for about 10 percent of the total electricity consumption in the residential sector. A significant part of your lighting costs may come from the bad habit of leaving lights on when not in use, which is a common problem in households with kids. Teaching your kids to turn off lights when they no longer need them can help you save on your electric bills. Also, if you are still using incandescent light bulbs, consider making the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, which are much more energy-efficient.

Saving electricity is not at all difficult. By creating an energy-aware household and exercising some discipline, you can substantially reduce your electric bills and monthly expenses.

 


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