Every homeowner, apartment owner, or even a condo unit owner will know what it’s like to be choked with a very large utility bill. A large electricity or water bill can be too frustrating to handle, so we are left to resort to cutting out some of our appliance’s usage in an effort to save money. What most of us don’t know is that it’s not really about minimizing the usage of appliances, but also keeping your appliances in tip-top shape.
The moment you notice a consistent spike in your utility bills, whether it’s gas, electricity, water, or perhaps all of them, here’s what you need to do:
- Check for signs of wear and tear. For example, a spike in your water bill even on minimal usage will indicate that you may be dealing with a leaky pipe or an issue with your water heater and you just don’t know it yet. A spike in your electric bill would indicate a faulty outlet and it’s causing an appliance plugged into it to go on and off at certain times even when you’re not aware of it. Your water heater will involve both electricity and water, so a problematic water heater is not going to be good.
- Attend to the leaks. If it’s a leaking water heater, you’ll notice that there are leaks if there’s a puddle of water forming at the base of the tank. If it reaches a point where you have to catch the leaking water in a pail, you’re already wasting money. Check for leaks in the valves or near the pipes. You can also call your local plumber for help in dealing with leaks.
- A faulty outlet is easily found if you try to plug in a charger. If the charger suddenly turns off in the middle of charging and suddenly turns back on again, you are dealing with a faulty outlet. A faulty outlet will cause energy fluctuations on the plugged appliances, causing it to temporarily reach a state of full usage which equates to a few cents more on your bill. If accumulated, the increase can be horrendous.
- A tankless water heater is a good alternative to helping you save money on both electricity and water because it supplies hot water on demand, so there’s no need to store tons of it and just letting it wait to be used. It also consumes less space than its tanked counterparts, so you get to save some space too.