Why Is My Electric Bill So High?

Written on: May 20, 2024

4 ways to lower your electricity costs this summer.

electric bill Nassau County, NY Let’s be honest — no one loves getting an electric bill. Opening your monthly invoice isn’t like getting a birthday greeting or a postcard from a loved one on vacation.

Wouldn’t it be nice to occasionally have the pleasant surprise of an electric bill that’s lower than expected? For far too many households in Queens, Nassau County and western Suffolk County, the surprise is always unpleasant. While certain components of your electric bill are out of your hands — electricity rates, charges related to supply and distribution upgrades, etc. — you do have some control over how high your total is.

Here are four common reasons your electric bill could be higher than you’d like — and ways to address them.

You’re Losing Cooled Air Through Leaks in Your Home.

Cooling systems — whether they be central air conditioning, ductless mini-splits or even window units — are some of the biggest energy consumers in your home. There are many ways to lower your cooling expenses. One of the simplest is to make sure you aren’t letting your cooled air escape through leaks in your home.
Check your exterior doors, windows and wall seams for drafts. You can apply caulk, weather-stripping and door sweeps to plug these air leaks. The result will be less cycling from your A/C and lower energy expenses.

You’re Not Being “Smart” With Your Temperature Settings.

The U.S. Department of Energy has found that the average home can save up to 10% on heating and cooling by turning their thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.

With a programmable thermostat, you can schedule these money-saving adjustments for when you’re asleep or out of the house. You can take this to the next level, too, by investing in a Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat, which lets you make remote temperature adjustments from your smartphone. These devices also make efficiency adjustments when they detect you are out of the house.

You Have “Vampire” Devices.

Some electronic appliances and other devices use electricity just by being plugged in. These “vampire” devices include laptop computers, microwaves with digital clocks and coffee makers with electronic displays. They cost you money even when you aren’t using them.

How can you prevent these vampires from sucking your bank account dry? We suggest unplugging them whenever you’re away from your house for several days. You can also buy smart power strips, which shut down the power to these devices when you aren’t using them.

Your HVAC System Isn’t Running Efficiently.

There are several reasons your cooling equipment might be using too much electricity to keep you comfortable. Here are three ways you can address an inefficient cooling situation:

  1. Check your air filter every month and change it if it’s dirty or clogged. Air filters are instrumental in safeguarding your comfort, but a dirty one can obstruct airflow and make your A/C cycle more often.
  2. Schedule an annual A/C tune-up. Regular HVAC service will keep your system running efficiently. Even better, you can protect your A/C equipment with an OSI Comfort Specialists service plan, which includes a complimentary yearly tune-up.
  3. Upgrade to higher-efficiency cooling equipment. If your system is around a decade old, its efficiency has likely deteriorated. Additionally, cooling equipment has become much more efficient in recent years, with better technology and more stringent government standards. We can help you upgrade and lower your electrical costs for years to come!

Talk to OSI Comfort Specialists about your A/C and electrical needs.

OSI Comfort Specialists is your one-stop shop for your home comfort needs. Our team includes HVAC technicians and electricians who can upgrade a range of heating, cooling and electrical systems on your property. The result is a higher quality of life and lower electrical bills.

Contact our team right now to get a free estimate on electrical services and HVAC upgrades.