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Why is my electric bill so high?



Fairbanks ice fog at minus 30 degrees F.

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Q: Why is my electric bill so high?

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 07:31 PM PST

Many members have recently reached out to GVEA due to high electric bills. For some members, this was like a one-two punch. Here are a few things to consider:

  • The January invoice …
    • was longer than normal at 34 days.
      • Typically, the billing cycle is closer to 28 days.
    • may have reflected higher electric consumption due to activities over the holidays.
      • Electrical decorations is an obvious electric draw.
      • Did you have guests over? More people = more energy consumed (showers, lights, cooking, laundry, etc.).
      • New appliances … were new items added to the home (hot tub, flat screen TV, electric devices that need to be recharged)?
      • If you got a new TV (or refrigerator), what did you do with the old one? If it’s still in the home, but relocated to a bedroom (or garage), it’s still using power.
  • The February invoice …
    • showed the impact of the extreme cold snap.
      • Most furnaces were nearly running continuously.
      • Many people had their vehicles plugged in continuously.
      • Did you run a small heater to take the chill off a room?
      • Were you worried about pipes freezing, so you plugged in heat tape?


The variables that make up a individual electric bill are truly endless. GVEA strongly recommends members signup for a Home$ense audit to learn about electric consumption within their own residences. Alternatively, you can visit our website to learn more on your own. Here are two web pages that you may find helpful:


  1. Why is my bill so high?  (Common reasons a bill may increase.)
  2. You have the power to use less.  (20 tips on how to consume less power.)
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