My close friend is trying to get his energy expenses under control.
As his electricity bills kept rising inexplicably, he turned to his son first to blame for the watts being used.
He figured that his son’s computer, TV, and stereo were enough to blame for the electricity usage, but after a week of having him limit what he was using day to day, it had little to no effect on the entire house. After apologizing to his son and returning all of his electronics, he had to think hard about what could be causing the spike in electricity use in the house. They weren’t crazy about using large appliances for too long, and they had recently bought a high efficiency washer and dryer pair for the laundry room. It had only been six months since they moved into the house, but the electricity bill was twice the amount it was compared to the first month. The only difference was it was now summer instead of late autumn when they originally moved in. But, why would the energy bills be significantly higher when using the air conditioner opposed to the furnace? He said that he was liberal in running the heat while it was cold, but he still insisted on having an HVAC inspection. The technician ran several tests and looked at everything, determining that it was from a lack of insulation in their attic which was causing the air conditioner to overwork. For whatever reason, the heat was staying in the home better than the air conditioning. But, he explained that the winter weather isn’t as severe at 20 degree lows as compared to their summer, where highs peak above 100 degrees. Their attic was simply leaking the conditioned air, so thankfully all it took was adding insulation to fix the problem once and for all.