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4 Hidden Energy Wasters Raising Your Bills

Not sure why your energy bill is so high? Find out if these hidden energy wasters might be causing your bills to skyrocket.

Ever wonder what’s making your energy bill rise? Maybe it’s your kids’ TV habits or the washer and dryer that’s doing it. Plus, your furnace and air conditioners need a lot of energy, right? While these are the biggest culprits of energy use, some of your smaller, everyday appliances are using a surprising amount of energy as well!

Your cable box

While everyone has their never-ending list of must-binge TV shows, your cable box could be one of the biggest energy hogs in your home because it uses energy even when you’re not watching TV.

TIP: Make a habit of unplugging your box at night; just don’t forget to plug it back in when you’re trying to watch TV again.

Gaming System

Like the cable box, gaming systems also use energy when not in use. While gaming systems are pretty energy-efficient these days, avid gamers spend approximately $40 extra per year on energy bills.

TIP: Cut back gaming time.

Washer and Dryer

While some might think that paying $1.00 for a load of laundry at a laundromat is expensive, the average homeowner spends about $400 per year just to keep their clothes clean and dry.

TIP: Invest in energy-efficient appliances. While they may seem to present a pricey upfront cost, they will be well worth it in the long term.

Computers and Wi-Fi

Today, computers and internet access are pretty much essential to daily life. When you’re mindlessly searching the Internet, answering emails and shopping online, it might quickly slip your mind how much you are spending to keep that connection going.

The use of computers and the Internet costs an average $50-$70 per month, which greatly varies depending on the number of users and what they are doing.

TIP: How many times do you really need to view that video of baby panda bears? Like with gaming, it might be time to cut back.

These are only a few of the appliances that raise your monthly bill—some more surprising than others. It’s good to be mindful of your energy usage and keep it in control to maintain your energy costs.