If you live on a tight budget, one of the worst things you can face is a higher than expected electric or other utility bill. If this occurs, you may wonder why this happens. In some cases, you may want to talk to an electrician in Los Angeles, such as from H Electric. However, much of the time, the large bill can be attributed to one of five common issues. Learn more about these issues and perhaps you can avoid the surprise of a high electric bill.
- Prices Rise – There’s not much you can do about this but to be informed. Sometimes prices will go up. Most companies will give you 30 days’ notice before any price increase, usually by letter or email.
- Estimated Readings – When companies use estimated readings, every few months they do a “real reading” and in this case, you may have to play catch up, if you used more energy than was expected.
- Higher Energy Consumption – Sometimes you will use more energy than other times. If you just started working at home, or have otherwise spent more time home, if you have added a new household member, if the weather is unexpectedly hot or cold or if you have a faulty appliance, you may use more energy than before.
- Billing Mistakes – Sometimes it happens—even large companies make mistakes. Check your bill carefully to make certain you are only billed for the amount of electricity you used.
- Faulty Meter – On occasion, electric meters are at fault. Try keeping a log of daily readings and see if you can find inconsistencies. This may be the fault of the meter. In these cases, you may be eligible for a discount or refund.
No matter whether your high electric bill is your fault or not, there may be ways that an electrician Los Angeles can help you avoid these problems in the future. Give H Electric a call today and see what we can do for you.