5 Potential Reasons for Your High Energy Bills

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Unlike with phone bills, which break down exactly where your costs are coming from, energy bills can be a huge mystery. They include just a number – a measure of the power you used and a price – which makes it hard to decipher exactly where those high prices are coming from.

So why is your energy bill so high? Here are five potential reasons for this problem.

Phantom Power

One of the main reasons your energy bill may be high is because you are keeping items plugged in whether you’re using them or not. Most modern technology can still draw energy even in standby mode. Anything that sits with a plug in the wall has the ability to suck extra power.

Things to unplug:

  • Kitchen appliances – coffee machines, microwaves, and any other appliance you only use for one hour out of the 24 in a day.
  • Computer/Entertainment systems – printers, scanners, Blu-ray players, televisions, and even speaker systems.

Over-Feeding Big Items

No surprise here – the biggest energy-consuming appliances in your home are fridges, dishwashers, and washing machines. These items alone make up a third of your energy bill. Try to only run your dishwasher or washing machine when the load is completely full, and, if possible, avoid heated drying. And, while a fridge needs to be running continuously, try to reduce its workload by avoiding overstocking and fixing any leaks or problems.

Over-Charging

Did you know your phone charger is sucking power every second that it is plugged in? Most smartphones and tablets only need around two to three hours to fully charge – once your gadgets hit 100%, unplug. Small changes in your charging routine might take a bit of effort, but can save avoidable expenses.

Using Appliances Past Their Prime

The older the appliance, the more power it takes to run. A fridge that’s older than 10 years uses four times the energy over a newer, more efficient model. To fix this problem, simply upgrade your appliances once they’ve reached their full potential.

Faulty HVAC Equipment

Heating and cooling accounts for roughly half of our energy bill, but this number can be even higher if your equipment is not operating at maximum efficiency. Make sure you are having your HVAC system regularly serviced by a licensed professional, and upgrade to a new Energy Star system if yours is older than 15 years.

Take your energy savings to the next level with a professionally-installed HVAC system from the experts at Devine Bros. If you live in Fairfield County, Connecticut, give us a call for all of your home heating and cooling needs at (203) 866-4421.

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3 Reasons to Upgrade to Energy Star

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Whether you are shopping for a new appliance, HVAC system, or television, always be on the lookout for the blue Energy Star tag. These labels are not just for looks – there are plenty of good reasons why they make a smart investment for your home.

Here are three reasons you should consider choosing Energy Star for your next purchase…

Save money.

Products that carry the Energy Star label have been tested by a third party and proven to offer significant energy savings. You will reap the benefits of these products every month when it is time to pay your utility bill.

Save energy.

Energy Star products use less energy, and there are plenty of benefits to that. Not only will you save money on your monthly bills (as mentioned above), but you are doing your part to save the environment – and who can put a price on that?

Qualify for rebates.

Energy Star products can save you money, both in the short- and the long- term. These products can pay for themselves over the course of several months, but many people yearn for instant gratification. Energy Star can offer that too, thanks to government rebates. Click here for a list of rebates available in your area – some of them could save you thousands.

Once you find an Energy Star furnace, cooling system, or water heater, let the experts at Devine Bros. install it in your Connecticut home. Even an Energy Star HVAC system won’t save you money if it is not properly installed. If you live in Fairfield County, give our home heating and cooling experts a call at (203) 866-4421.

Where Does Your Home Use The Most Energy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Every month, a big chunk of your paycheck goes straight towards your various utility bills: electricity, gas, heat, hot water, etc. If you have ever wondered just how your utility bills break down, this infographic from Bob Jenson’s Air Conditioning & Heating does a great job of illustrating it. It also gives some helpful tips on how you can save money and the environment by reducing your carbon footprint!

energy infographic

1. Heating and Cooling – 40%

This shouldn’t be a surprise – space heating and cooling is responsible for more energy usage (by far) than any other category, with the number sometimes as high as 50%. Some ways to reduce this cost include adjusting your thermostat, changing your air filter, getting your HVAC system tuned up, and sealing air leaks around the home.

2. Water Heating – 28%

After space heating, water heating accounts for the second-highest total use of energy; about 28%. Save money on your water heating costs by installing low-flow faucets, taking shorter showers, or upgrading to a tankless water heater.

3. Electronics – 14%

The various electronic devices around your home account for about 14% of your total energy consumption. This category includes TVs, appliances, alarm clocks, and any other gadgets you may have. The biggest way to save money here is simply by turning things off when they are not being used.

4. Lighting – 8%

Just keeping your home well-lit could be costing you almost 10% of your utility bill. Cut back on your lighting costs by upgrading to energy-efficient LED bulbs, installing dimmer switches, and making a conscious effort to turn off the lights when you leave a room.

5. Standby Voltage – 4%

Even when some of your electronics are turned off, they can still use energy. For instance, even when it is “off”, your cable box draws electricity in order to power the time display and IR receiver for when you hit the “power on” button on your remote. The only way to reduce this number is by physically unplugging these devices from the wall when you aren’t using them.

How else can you save energy in your Connecticut home? One quick and easy way is by choosing Devine Bros. as your electricity provider! Connecticut has a deregulated energy market, meaning you are free to choose who supplies you with your power. On average, our electricity customers save 10-15% on the supply portion of their electric bills. A $50 instant rebate is available for those who qualify – click here for more information or call us at (203) 866-4421.

About Our Generators | Norwalk Generator Installation

When the power goes out at home, what’s your emergency plan? Light a few candles and wait?

For New England residents, power outages are a year-round occurrence. Between summer thunderstorms and winter blizzards, we should always be prepared to lose electricity.

Prepare your Connecticut home for a blackout with an automatic standby generator installed by the professionals at Devine Bros. Have peace of mind knowing that your home and family will always be protected in even the most severe weather conditions.

Unlike portable generators, standby units automatically detect when the power goes out, and automatically starts within seconds of it happening. It has the power to back up every circuit in your house, including your appliances, furnace, furnace, and central air system. Not only will you have electricity when your neighbors don’t, but your family will be comfortable, with no worries of freezing in the winter or unbearably humid summer days.

Our automatic backup generators attach directly to your home’s existing natural gas or propane supply, so installation is quick and simple. They provide you with 24/7 coverage and will continue to run until utility power is restored.

Other unique features of our home standby generators include:

  • Wireless remote monitoring system

  • Patented weekly self-test mode

  • All aluminum corrosion-resistant enclosure

  • Industry leading 5-year warranty

Click here to learn more about our generator installation services.

For almost 100 years, Devine Bros. has done whatever it takes to keep Connecticut residents comfortable; whether that be delivering their fuel, tuning up their central air system, or supplying their electricity. If you live in Fairfield County and aren’t a customer of ours, what are you waiting for? Call (203) 866-4421 to get started!

Switch to Devine Bros. Electricity and Save!

Connecticut has a deregulated energy market!

What does this mean for you, the consumer? It means you can choose where you get your energy from, which can lead to significant savings!

Connecticut is one of fifteen states across the country to have a deregulated energy market. Before deregulation, residents could only choose from two power providers; CL&P and UI. With this oligopolistic marketplace, providers are able to set the price as high as they please with no fear of competitors offering lower rates.

However, home and business owners in Connecticut no longer have to worry about this, as deregulation of the market has provided small power companies an opportunity to compete with the energy giants. When you choose Devine Bros. with Verde Energy USA, you can save a significant amount of money every month on your utility bill.

Look at our rates compared to other providers:

UI Residential: $0.1331/KWH

CL&P Residential: $0.1263/KWH

Devine Bros: $0.1149/KWH

Doesn’t sound like much of a difference? Consider that many Connecticut homes use more than 2,000 kilowatt hours every month, and businesses could use up to ten times that amount!

Here are five reasons to switch to Devine Bros. today:

  • Lower Rates. Our low rates can help you save up to 15% on the supply portion of your electricity bill.

  • Reliable Service. Your electricity will still be delivered on the same power grid – no changes in in response time or service.

  • Simplicity. You will still get the same bill every month. The only difference? The supply charge will be significantly less.

  • No Risk. With Devine Bros. there is no contract or long-term commitment.

  • $50 Rebate. Switch today and we will give you a $50 cash back bonus rebate!

Interested in learning more? Click here to visit our website or call us at (203) 866-4421.