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Asked on: August 1, 2011 by
Why are my electric bills higher in the summer months?
Customers ask us this question every year. The simple answer is that we all tend to use more energy during the hotter months of the year. Here are some of the main reasons why you may see higher bills in July, August and September. Weather The most likely cause of higher summer bills is the hot weather. Even if you never change your thermostat setting, your air conditioner will run longer and more often to keep your home cool when it is hot outside. Think of it this way: if you set your air conditioner to 78 degrees year-round, during the mild spring and winter months when the average temperature is 80 degrees, your air conditioner has to cool your home two degrees. However, when the average temperature outside is averaging 90 degrees, that’s a difference of 12 degrees cooler that your air conditioner has to maintain! For energy saving tips, visit www.FPL.com/toolkit. Water Heating Another appliance that impacts energy bills during the summer months is the water heater. Children are out of school and that often means summer sleepovers or family cook outs, which can mean extra hand washing, dishwasher loads, showers or baths and laundry. Here are some ideas on how to control water heating costs:
• Make sure your water heater is set to 120 degrees • Wash laundry in cold water • Run the dishwasher only when it is full.
Billing cycle One final tip: The number of days included in your monthly bill can vary between 25 and 35, so that even if you use the same amount of electricity per day, your bill may be higher or lower from one month to the next. Visit www.FPL.com/keepingbillslow to learn more about the common causes of higher bills. For help with keeping your bills low in the summer go to www.FPL.com/ohes to take an Online Home Energy Survey.
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