It’s no secret that our electricity bills are on the rise. There is increasing demand for power, and some service providers are struggling to cope.
As a result, they have to invest more in their infrastructure, and that means we have to pay more!
What you might not know is that there could be other reasons why your electricity bills are sky-high! In fact, here are ten surprising examples that show you’re paying too much:
You are paying estimated bills
Each house will have an electricity meter. Every so often, a meter reader will take a note of your energy usage and report it back to your provider. The trouble is; those details can often get lost in “the system” and so you end up paying estimated bills.
Your meter isn’t working
Another reason for your high electricity bills could be down to a faulty meter. It’s rare to hear of such a problem, but it has happened in the past. If you suspect that, have an electrician check it for you.
Someone is using your electricity for free
Do you live in a block of flats? If so, it’s likely your meter won’t be inside your home. Unscrupulous people have in the past “stolen” electricity from other residents. Turn off ALL your electrical items and see if your meter stops or not.
You aren’t with the cheapest supplier
Energy suppliers charge different prices for electricity. It’s likely the one you are with isn’t the cheapest! Use Gocollective to find the cheapest deal and switch to a new provider.
Your appliances and electronics aren’t energy-efficient
Do you still have an “old-fashioned” CRT television? Are you rocking to a 30-year-old hi-fi system? Is your dishwasher an eater of electricity? Replace any ageing items with new, energy-efficient ones.
People in your home are wasting electricity
Doing things like leaving the TV or the lights on in a room can soon eat up a significant amount of electricity. Educate other people in your home to be more greener with their energy usage.
You aren’t using energy-efficient lights
If you often turn your lights on at home, you might find they are the main culprits for your high bills! Make sure all lights have energy-saving or LED bulbs fitted. Discard those inefficient incandescent bulbs.
You are leaving things on standby
It might not seem like much, but the electricity electronic items use on standby can soon add up! The result is that you’ll end up with a higher energy bill. Turn your TV and other items off when you’re not using them.
You spend too long in the shower
Do you have an electric shower? If so, it might shock you to learn they use a hell of a lot of power! Spending too much time in the shower is bad for your wallet.
Your home isn’t insulated
Do you keep needing to put your heating system on? And does it use storage heaters? If so, your home might not have enough insulation. If you don’t remedy the problem, you will keep facing high electricity bills.