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Causes of High Bills

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Wondering what caused a sudden jump in your bill? Understanding some of the most common causes of high electric bills is one of the best things you can do to control the amount of energy you use.

Weather

About half of our home energy costs comes from heating and cooling our homes. We recommend keeping your thermostat set to 78°F in the summer and 68°F in the winter. Keep in mind, in the extreme summer heat and cold winter months, it takes more energy to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. You can’t control the weather, but you can control your thermostat which has a big effect on your bill:

  • You can expect a 3% to 5% increase in energy use for every degree you set the thermostat lower in the summer and higher in the winter.
  • Purchase a programmable thermostat and you can receive up to $100 in annual energy savings and up to $100 rebate.

Longer Billing Cycle

There were more days than average in the billing period. Refer to the ‘Service Period’ on your bill for the length of the billing cycle. Log in to your account to view your most recent bill.

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Unpaid Balance

Your bill included an unpaid balance due from a previous month or another related account within Georgia Power. Log in to your account to view your payment history.

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Fuel Cost

The actual price of electricity increased due to a recent Georgia Power rate or fuel case

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A Full House

Times of higher occupancy and activity, like holidays and school vacations, can cause your energy usage to be higher than normal. Log in to review your usage with My Power Usage.

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Faulty Appliances

A faulty appliance like a leaky water heater can lead to a surprisingly high electricity bill. Georgia Power recommends having a licensed contractor perform a pre-season checkup of your cooling system in the spring and heating system in the fall to ensure all parts are working properly and avoid early system failure.

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