There are a number of possible reasons why your electric bill goes up. One factor could be the time of the year. It is common for electricity use to increase in the summer when people rely on their air conditioning units to fight the heat.
Having a few more people in your home can also increase your electricity bill because more people living in your house means increased use of light and appliances.
Buying and using additional appliances can also cause your electric bill to jump. While a second refrigerator or an additional air handler unit can make your life more convenient and comfortable, these appliances can also draw extra electricity that can drive up your bill. Instead of having additional appliances, consider replacing old ones with efficient new models that require less power usage, which can help decrease your bill.
All these may explain the spike in your electric bills but what if nothing apparent seems to explain the changes in your electric bill? Here are some possible causes:
Wiring problems can cause electricity leakage. Damaged wiring can cause connected appliances to heat up and consume extra electricity. What can cause problems with your wiring at home? For those who live in areas with cold winter, the freezing and thawing of the soil may cause rocks to puncture underground wiring. Wild animals may also chew on the wires.
If you live in an old house, it is highly likely that an old wiring system runs through your walls. Old wiring may be fraught with issues that can increase your electric bill and even pose fire hazards. Old fuses and circuit breakers may not be capable of handling the electric usage of your modern family.
Meter Reading Error
It is possible that the electrical company has misread your meter the last time they checked. If the reading on the bill does not make sense against your current meter, consider discussing this with your electric company.
If you are worried about your increasing electric bills, you should contact an electrician to do an inspection of your home, particularly if there are no changes in your actual electric usage. J.M Mullen Electrical Services will gladly evaluate your electric bill and check for potential wiring and electrical problems in your house. Contact us today to learn more about our services.