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High Utility Bill: Common Causes

Is your water or electricity bill higher than you anticipated this month? Here are some of the most common reasons behind higher-than-anticipated utility bills and how to prevent them:

 

 

Water


LEAKS

Repair leaky faucets and toilets and save as much as 20 gallons per day. You’ll save even more by installing high-efficiency toilets. See the rebate.


IRRIGATION

Repair leaky faucets and toilets and save as much as 20 gallons per day. You’ll save even more by installing high-efficiency toilets. See the rebate.


Save Our Water offers lots of other great ways to save.

 

 

Electricity


LIGHTING

It can take a lot of energy to light your home or business. Here are some great ways to save energy when lighting your home or business.

Learn about our LED instant rebate.


VAMPIRE LOAD

“Vampire load” refers to all of the appliances and devices around your home that are left plugged in around the clock, even when they’re not being used. Avoid vampire load by unplugging items like coffee machines, mobile phone chargers and microwave ovens when they’re not being used.


MAJOR APPLIANCES

Big appliances like washing machines and air conditioners account for a lot of your home or business’ energy load. Here are some useful energy-saving tips from energy.gov.


BEHAVIOR

One of the easiest ways to save energy at home or at work is to assess your energy use behaviors and try to avoid the ones that use energy unnecessarily. This could include leaving the lights on after exiting a room or even turning multiple commercial-grade air conditioning units on at the same time. Here are some other common energy wasting behaviors.

Want to inform your staff about how to save? Energy Star offers a handy communications toolkit.