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Is Your Energy Bill Soaring? Here are Five Possible Reasons

Wednesday, February 6, 2019   /   by Holly Northup

Is Your Energy Bill Soaring? Here are Five Possible Reasons

Written by The Bucher Group

Heat in inevitable when you live in Texas – especially in the middle of summer. As the heat increases, so too does your energy bill. As Texans, we know this too well. While your bill will likely rise, there are a couple of reasons it could soar higher than expected. If you suspect your bill is too high, complete a DIY home inspection to ensure these five items aren’t using more energy than they should:

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HVAC System Coils
Have you ever had your HVAC system condenser and evaporator coils cleaned? Likely, your answer here is “never.” While this is common, it shouldn’t be as debris can collect on the coils and cause the system to work faster. Working faster and harder uses up more energy and more money. To be exact, dirty condenser coils can increase energy consumption by 30 percent. If you get your HVAC system cleaned and serviced yearly, you can remedy the increase in cost. Yearly maintenance not only decreases the energy consumption, but it will also increase the life of your HVAC unit – both of which justify the cost of regular cleanings.

Home Appliances
Going retro in the kitchen, with 60s appliances, is not the best choice for your energy bill. For a low energy consumption product, look for appliances with an ENERGY STAR sticker. These labels, found on a handful of consumer products (appliances, light fixtures, etc.), can decrease your energy consumption by up to 30 percent.

Water Heater
Unless you like taking scorching hot showers or baths, it is likely that your water heater temperature is too high. To conserve energy, turn the temperature setting down a couple of degrees. Also, to save even more money, approximately seven to 16 percent annually, ensure your heater is properly insulated.

HVAC Heat Strip
Your HVAC system is responsible for the greatest energy consumption in your home – 3,500 watts per hour of use. While this is unavoidable – especially in Texas – there is a way to ensure it isn’t doing too much work: making sure the heat strip isn’t stuck in the “on” position. If it is, your HVAC unit could be doing double the work! If you suspect this is an issue, call an HVAC technician to repair the problem.

Plugged in Devices
If you’re like most people, you likely always have your small appliances, lights, etc. plugged in. These devices suck up energy – even when they aren’t turned on. Simply unplug your devices when they aren’t in use to decrease your energy bill.

Remedying these issues could be the key to reducing your energy consumption and bill.

Do you have any questions about reducing your energy usage this summer? Give our team a call! Additional energy-efficient tips for your home could save you even more money.
The Bucher Group | Austin Portfolio Real Estate
Kathleen Bucher
1801 S Mopac Drive Expy, Ste. 100
Austin, TX 78746
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