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Why Is My Bill So High?

Have you noticed your electric bill is higher than normal? CCEC Member Service’s Rep’s are hearing from many members expressing concerns over high bills. The common factor in most cases has been the colder outdoor temperatures combined with the holiday season.

We are happy to work with you and help investigate what might be causing your bill to increase. Let’s first take a look at the billing period. Your bill may be for power provided over a month ago. When you think back over this period of time, what were you doing? Did you have house guests over the holiday season or perhaps did some extra seasonal baking? What about Christmas light displays, inside and out?

Now let’s also consider the outside temperatures during this time frame. Many are recalling some freezing temperatures across our service territory. Even though you haven’t changed anything to your daily routine, Mother Nature isn’t consistent. When the outdoor temperature drops and your heating system is steadily set to keep you comfortable, it will be working harder to do so. A 1500 Watt small electric space heater can add approximately $42.00 more to your bill if operated for only 10 hours a day over a 30 day period.

There are many factors contributing to higher bills. In extreme cases troubleshooting can lead to identifying situations such as an appliance that may have malfunctioned or a hot water pipe leak. Could you be operating a heat pump on auxiliary and not achieving its full efficiency potential? Is your air-source ducting still secure? Critters have been known to nest in homes insulation and ducting. Getting ahead of the cause can save in the long run.

If you’ve considered all of these factors and are still concerned over a high bill, give your local office a call. We’re here to help.

You can also analyze your home efficiency at http://homeefficiency.touchstoneenergy.com/. Sometimes small changes can make a big difference when it comes to keeping your heat from seeping through the cracks.