Appliances and other equipment used at different times of year (air conditioners, dehumidifiers, hot air furnaces, etc.) can make a significant difference in your electricity usage. And even if these items run on gas or oil, chances are that electricity is still used for circulation.
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Times of higher occupancy and activity, like holidays and school vacations, can cause your energy usage to be higher than normal. House guests, including kids home from college, can use a lot more electricity - more showers, laundry, cooking and dishes - all of which use hot water. In addition, the size, age and type of house you live in can impact the amount of electricity you use.
A leaky water heater, a pool pump that's running constantly, a faulty thermostat, a refrigerator or freezer with a poor door seal - all of these appliance defects can lead to a surprisingly high electricity bill. Many electronic devices continue to draw power even when they're not in use. Consider unplugging these items when not in use, or use a power strip with a convenient on/off switch. Learn more by visiting our Energy Thieves Calculator
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Did you use an electric leaf blower, do more computer work and printing than normal, buy a larger refrigerator or a large-screen TV? Any of these things could cause an increase in your electricity bill.
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Sign up for Average Monthly Billing. TXU Energy Average Monthly Billing is a budgeting tool which helps smooth out seasonal highs and lows in monthly bills so you have more predictable monthly payments.