“Why is My Bill So High?”
Changes in habits and consumption can have an effect on your PWC bill. Many customers think the worst when they see a higher-than-average utility bill, but there are a few contributing factors that can increase your usage that you may not be aware of.
Weather is the biggest reason for fluctuations in your bill. On average, 55-60% of your electric bill is made up of heating and cooling costs. Throughout the year, one month’s bill can differ greatly from another. When the temperature outside rises or falls, your system works hard to heat or cool your home. That is why weather can affect your electric bill, even if you leave your thermostat on a constant setting. Your lifestyle can also cause an unusually high bill. If you find yourself gradually adjusting the thermostat to be more comfortable, you may receive a higher bill the following month.
Longer Billing Period
Our bill cycles can range from 28-32 days. If your bill is a little higher this month, compare the number of billing days in your billing cycle last month vs. this month. If your billing cycle consisted of 28 days last month and 32 this month, the four extra days of consumption can result in a higher-than-expected bill.
Previous Balance Added to Current Billing Period
When you notice a higher than normal bill, check for your previous balance. If you did not pay your last bill in full, the remaining balance will be added to your current amount due making it higher than normal.
A Full House – Family Gatherings, Holiday Parties and School Breaks
Many people don’t realize it, but houseguests can have a major impact on your utility bill. When you have a guest, even if it’s just a child home from school, you tend to consume more energy and water. By adding one extra person for any period of time, you’ll add more showers, loads of laundry, cooking, dishes and electric usage. All of these things add up, especially if guests stay for several days over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.