There have been series of complaints from home owners concerning their electricity usage and bill accumulation, especially during the winter. Most of these home owners complain that the bills are ridiculously large, especially when compared to summer and the other seasons. The average rate of consumption of homes is about 500 kiloWatt hour every month during the summer, but in the winter, this figure increases dramatically to well over 700 kiloWatt hour!
The reasons for this upsurge in electricity bills can be explained by a number of factors, some of which are listed in this article.
- Use of Electric heaters to keep warm
During the winter, it is normal that we turn on and increase the temperature of our heaters for warmth in the cold weather. Also, we take hot showers in the bathroom and use electric blankets too. These appliances drastically increase the cost of electricity in your home.
- Staying indoors
Due to the extreme cold outside, people tend to stay at home all day and use electrical appliances such as television and lights a lot. The use of these appliances can cause an increase in the electricity consumption in your home when measured over a period of time.
- Higher Generation Costs
During the winter, the cost of generating electricity from the power grid increases tremendously. This is due to the increase in the need of consumers to heat up their homes constantly. This drives the generation company to rely on other sources of energy to generate electricity such as coal, wind and the sun. The generating company passes these costs to the retailers who in turn pass the cost to the home consumers.
While it is very important to feel warm during the cold weather, it is important that you take some measures to ensure that you minimize your electric bills as much as possible and save some money. Some of these measures include:
- Increase your thermostat temperature one degree at a time. Many people increase the temperature of their heaters carelessly, hence increasing electricity consumption and incurring higher electricity bills. It is therefore important to raise the temperature of your heater to the just level you need to stay warm.
- Switch the direction of your ceiling fans blades. By doing this, it makes the fans blow hot air downwards; keeping the room warm and helping you reduce the need of space heaters and other electricity draining appliances.
- Use thick blankets. This helps you stay warm, and cuts down the use of thermostats in your home during the winter. Also, opening your curtains to allow the sun rays come in reduces the need for space heaters, therefore reducing electric costs and keeping you happy at the end of the month.