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Why are electric bills higher during the summer?

By Monika Strickland

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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  1. Todd Saccullo

    My older home that I have not been living in for a month has a higher electric bill than my larger two story home I moved to. The home I moved from has the ac set at 85 °F and nothing plugged in except for the fridge. My two story is running at 80 to 75°F , TV, fridge, older dryer lights ect running on a normal basis. My last bill from the vacant house was $185 and my current home $79. Even the most inefficient home with just one fridge plugged in should not have a bill that high. I went there here and there getting items to the new place and the ac never kicked on. Something definitely is wrong here.

  2. Mabel Margaret

    During summer electric bills are very much dominating! Good post! tips to reduce electric bills

  3. Mabel Margaret

    Thank you for offering details about high billing amount during summers! home energy savings program

  4. Mabel Margaret

    Good opinion by energy experts! tips to reduce electric bills

  5. Mabel Margaret

    During summers it is damn difficult to control the high going billing amount but after reading this article i found some precious tips. Keep posting such informative stuff!

  6. Mabel Margaret

    After reading this post, now i dont have to struggle with utility bills especially during summer season.

  7. GastonGary

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  11. shelia

    I have 3 wall units how can I save money if I run all 3 units and what temperature should they be set I also have 3 fans no central air

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  15. Tmiller

    Thanks for sharing this article. I just read a blog on Wordpress which stated that consumers can save 14% on their electric bills during the summer by bumping up the temperature by 2 degrees and using ceiling fans. Thanks again, warrenair.net

  16. Davone

    wow whu did i never 5think about thee thing ...thanks this was very help full

  17. sjlfirst

    The easiest way to make your home more energy efficient is to seal any air leaks, and one that is often overlooked is the bathroom ventilation fan and exhaust vent. The back-draft flap these units come with do a very poor job of stopping leaks. To address this issue, I use a replacement insert fan from the Larson Fan Company (online). Their fans has a true damper built in, that does a great job in keeping warm air in during the winter and hot, humid air out in the summer. This product has reduced my annual energy bills by over ten percent. It saves the most when air conditioning is being used.

  18. sandy

    i think us older folks should have a choice in weather we can splits our bills during the year

  19. Patricia Levy

    What you do if you leave for the season in the winter? how can you control mold?

  20. anonymous

    Alice, that's very rude! I can't believe you sent an unproductive message that's just a negative and hurtful comment and I can't believe they posted your rude comment. That question about hot summers was reasonable and was answered very well. You should learn not to strike out at others.

  21. Rosita Peters

    I leave my air conditioner around 76 or 77 all the time ocassionally I leave it off. I use my oven all of twice a month as I live alone and do not make big meals. I wash about twice a month, usually it is once a month. There are no other people in my household. Tell me why my bill creeps up more each month??????

  22. david.e.prouty

    anyone that asks a question like there bill being higher at this time of yr --- they should spend a winter in Mass and pay close to %4 for a gal of oil or pay close to $800 every 3 wks to fill up! Dave

  23. joan longinotti

    I was wondering why refrigerator was not listed in the energy calculator. We leave our refrigerator on for about 6 months when we are away and want to know how much we would save if we disconnected it. It is a sub zero with the freezer on a bottom pull out draw. thank you.

  24. Kathleen McDonough

    I have asked this before. Certain appliances have been geared to turn off at certain times in order to save money. How do I find out which appliances? What tells me they are in the turn-off cycle? Is there something hidden in my home somewhere that monitors this? I am truly curious!

  25. Dennis Sykora

    If I turn off our water heater during the day, after our morning showers, etc., or overnite, will I harm the water heater in any way?

  26. Ann-Jean Paci

    I'm a "snowbird" and used the FL apartment this year from Jan. 3 to May 3. When I closed the apartment in May, I turned off the lights, the hot water heater and the refrigerator. I set the A/C at 78 degrees to prevent mold and mildew. Are you telling me that the use of only the A/C in the summer uses more electricity than when three adults are in residence in the winter?

  27. Richard Stremmell

    Have you ever interviewed any of these people who have $200 to $300 monthly bills to find out why? Our bills have rarely exceeded $110 even though we have 2012 sq feet of living space under air. We also have a separated upright freezer and I do a lot of baking. What is it that people are doing to run up such high bills unless they have ten people living in that space all taking two showers a day and running the d/w ten times a week.

  28. Dick

    While you addressed the main cause of higher electric bills, you left out one big item-rates go up in the summer. Am I correct?

  29. Peter Harris

    I found the e-mail "Why are my electric bills higher in the summer months" very helpful. I wondered why my bills were so different when I am not there during the summer months. Your article stated that the bills could range fron 25-35 days which answers my question. Keep the good articles coming!! Thank you, Peter

  30. Hanford Codd fch

    Your tip on billing cycle is NOT a tip.. The billing cycle is not a control by the consumer... It is your just your companys' way of doing business... Billing cycles are easier for the consumer to understand that are consistant in days... That is why I think each month has its own amount of days. hc fch

  31. Darryl

    OK, I can understand the cost difference when running central AC, but what about "in-the-wall" air conditioners that only run at one temperture anyway?

  32. steve

    please i need advise and also i need to check the equipment in the house

  33. Stephanie

    I believe the anwer to the question on why bills are higher in the summer was true. Is it also true that the rates go up and the fuel for the utility company fees have gone up?

  34. annamrie waite

    so i guess in essence a thermostat is a useless item

  35. Sharon

    Okay -- my electric bill is higher in the summer and I already to the following: my water heater is turned off; my thermostat is turned to 85 degrees; no one is living in my house during the summer so dw/washer, showers, etc. are not being used; both circuits for the dryer/washer and dw are turned off. So why is my bill so high?

  36. Emiliano Vengoechea

    Do you encourage the use of tankless water heaters, do they save on electricity anf if so, do you offer any incentives?

  37. Barbara Schoessler

    My bill is much, much higher in winter!!! I like it around 82 - 84 degrees, and I am freezing to death in most homes. Last winter was horrible, my bill was three times higher than in summer. I love summers in Florida, Barbara

  38. Alice Ramos

    I can't believe you posted this question.... Is part 2 of this question "Why does it get dark when the sun sets?"


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