Managing High Home Energy Bills
Occasionally, you may receive an electric bill that seems to be out of line with previous bills. There are a variety of factors that may cause this.
You May Be Using More Electricity
Most often, a higher electric bill is from increased energy use. Factors that affect energy use include:
||Weather – Varying weather conditions from one billing period to the next will affect your bill. During extreme heat or cold, air conditioning or heating equipment works longer and harder to maintain comfort level.
||Changes in operating habits –
Your thermostat settings may have changed from previous billing periods.
||Malfunctioning equipment – You may have water heaters, air conditioners, or refrigerators that are malfunctioning. Or you may have timers on electrical equipment that do not turn the equipment off.
||Increased number of days in a billing period – The billing period may be longer than previous ones.
Simple Tips to Reduce Energy
Find the energy wasters in your home
with our Home
Energy Analysis application.
Home Energy Analysis provides you with details on:
||How you are using energy in your home
||How your home compares with others
||How to reduce your energy use and save on your utility
a few simple efficiency improvements around your home.
Small things like changing your air filters and adjusting
the thermostat a few degrees can make a noticeable difference.
Call (512) 974-7827 and talk to one of our
energy efficiency specialists. They are available to discuss
your concerns and answer questions about energy related issues.
They can also provide you with tips on how to manage your
Energy Efficiency Programs
for Your Home
Austin Energy offers a variety of rebates
and loans to make your home more energy efficient. You can
low-interest loans for up to 100% of the cost of improvements.
can pay up to 20% for improvements. Home energy improvements
can include weatherization measures (such as insulation and
duct sealing) as well as energy-efficient air
conditioning and heating equipment.
For low-income households, persons
with a disability or senior citizens, Austin Energy provides
home energy improvements.