Common Causes of High Bills
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.
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 percent to 5 percent 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 a $100 rebate.
Longer Billing Cycle
Your bill may be higher if there were more days than average in the billing cycle.
Refer to the: "Service Period" on your bill for the length of your billing cycle.
Your bill may be higher if there was a balance due from a previous month or another related account within Georgia Power.
Rate Schedule Change
You may experience a higher bill if the price of electricity increased due to a recent Georgia Power rate or fuel case.
For more information, review the rate schedule.
A Full House
During times of higher occupancy and activity such as holidays and school vacations, your energy usage can be higher than normal. To review your usage, log in to your account and select My Power Usage.
A faulty appliance, such as a leaky water heater, can lead to a surprisingly high bill. Georgia Power recommends having a licensed contractor perform a preseason checkup of your cooling system in the spring, and a heating-system checkup in the fall to avoid system failure and higher-than-normal bills.