Even if you don't use electric heat in your home or business, you may notice that your electric bills are higher during the winter months. Here are a few reasons why this happens:
- Shorter days and longer nights lead to more time indoors. That typically means interior and exterior lights are on longer, TVs, appliances and electronic devices are in use longer.
- Heating systems run more; even if you have a propane furnace or outdoor wood boiler, your electric use increases because electricity powers the blower motors and pumps in the furnaces.
- Electric blankets and heating pads feel cozy on cold nights, but will add to your electric bill.
- Livestock tank heaters, heat lamps, heat blankets for pets or livestock can add to your monthly electric bill.
- Engine block heaters on cars, trucks or equipment, heat tapes on exposed plumbing, etc., will increase your monthly bill.
- Portable plug-in space heaters can dramatically increase your monthly bill. A 1,500-watt space heater used for 8 hours per day can add 360 kilowatt hours to your monthly bill, which would cost around $43.20.
All of these little things add up each month. If you still have concerns, or are unable to determine if there is a problem, we are happy to take your call and assist you. After handling your inquiry on the phone, we will determine if a field visit is necessary to troubleshoot any efficiency problems at your location. Members are asked to be present for a site visit/home energy assessment.