What Causes My Electricity Bill to Spike?


There will always be a time when you will wonder why your electricity bill is so high despite having changes in using your appliances. We tend to blame the electricity provider for their increasing charges, but it also varies from the appliance that you use and how much you use them.

Your bill is based on the amount of electricity you use. It is usually charged in cents per kilowatt-hour. Heating or cooling appliances like the air conditioner, clothes dryer, water heater, and refrigerator, consumes the most energy.

Water Heatingwater

Heating your water for shower can be a bit pricey, especially if you utilize it almost every day. It also depends on what water heater you use. Usually, old models of water heater consume more electricity than those of the newer models. As technology advances, people discover ways to have cost-efficient appliances.


Refrigerators are one of the most used appliances of all time. It hogs a significant amount of electricity because it runs the whole day. To save money, make sure your refrigerator is at optimal temperature. There are also cost-efficient refrigerators which adjust automatically depending on your usage. Also, you might want to reconsider your extra refrigerators.

Air Conditioning and Heating

This may depend on what weather or climate you’re in. If you live in a tropical area, you will mostly use air conditioning devices. You will also notice a significant spike in your bill in the middle of winter if your house uses an electric heater.

lightLight Bulbs

Individually, incandescent light bulbs don’t usually use up much of your electricity. But costs can quickly add up especially if you use several lightbulbs in one chandelier. It’s also the most neglected since you can easily leave the lights on throughout the house all day. To save money, use LEDs or upgrade to energy-efficient CFLs and of course, don’t forget to turn off the light when not in use.

It’s easier to blame the electricity provider for the increasing electric bill, but remember that you always have control over it. Review your statement every month and try to cut costs. For every time you save money from your bill, it’s not a bad idea to treat yourself every now and then!

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