Five top reasons your energy bill can be high
There are a number of reasons why electricity bills can be higher at different times of the year which can lead to bill shock. Lumo Energy has identified the top five reasons it receives calls from its customers about higher energy bills and a majority of the time it can be related to lifestyle changes.
These changes can be determined by changes in the weather, school holidays, more people living at a property, longer billing cycles, type of bill and more … In addition we look at how to compare usage to previous bills:
Weather changes are a key factor that can lead to increased energy consumption. Victoria has just experienced one of its coldest winters and it is predicted it will have a long hot summer.
Being aware of the times of year when you reach for heating or air conditioning to live at a comfortable temperature. See our energy saving tips to manage your use of both to help reduce your bills during these extreme changes in weather.
2. Comparing your energy bills
If you are signed up to My Account, you can view all your bills up to two years, pay bills as well view your usage history.
3. More people = more usage
School holidays, the festive season, family and friends staying for a week or more all adds up to more energy being used. More people means more energy is being consumed and generally for longer periods of time. With regard to school holidays the kids are home more and you may well have a child minder or family to help out, so appliances and potentially heating or air conditioning will be on longer.
4. They type of energy bill
5. Estimation or Actual read
If you have a smart meter, you’ll usually receive an actual read.
If you don’t have a smart meter, you will receive either an actual read or an estimate. If you look at your energy usage on your bill it will say what type of usage has been measured. The date of your next meter read, give or take two business days, will be shown on your bill.If you have received a low estimated read and your actual read is a lot higher, this will show as a higher amount on your next bill.
Delaying an actual read could result in a larger bill in the future if previous usage was underestimated; this is why it’s important to ensure you allow clear access to your meter for a reading.
24 November 2015
Category: Energy Facts