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Utilities Too High? A Certified Energy Auditor Can Help!
April 7, 2021 at 4:00 AM
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If you’ve noticed your utility bills getting higher and higher, a Certified Energy Auditor can evaluate and analyze your home’s energy systems and pinpoint exactly where energy is being wasted. He or she can also make recommendations on how you and your family can conserve energy.

It’s always a good idea to compare your year-to-year and even month-to-month utility bills and see if there are any drastic changes. If there are, there may be an issue with your home’s plumbing, electrical, or heating system.

These systems support the utilities of the entire house and their efficiency determines your bills. If you feel your utility bills are higher than they were in the past, it’s time to take a look at what could be making them higher.

What’s Increasing My Utility Bills?


Comparing your utility bills to last year’s is a great way to see if they had risen. Did you install new energy-consuming electronics like an electric fireplace, a new big-screen TV, or a gaming PC? Electronics can add to the electrical bill. Turn off unnecessary electronics when you’re not using them and be mindful of how and when you use them.

More Time at Home

If you or another family member started working from home all that extra energy consumption can make your utility bill much higher than when you were working in an office. When working from home be mindful of high-energy appliances like dishwashers and laundry machines and dryers. Make sure to use them to their full capacity (but never overfill!) to use them in the most efficient way possible.

Drafty Windows

Heating and cooling your home can get costly, especially during the coldest and warmest months of the year. If heat is escaping from your windows through poorly sealed windows, your home’s heating system must work double-time to keep your home’s temperature at your desired setting. Likewise for the summer months, when your air-conditioning is struggling because cold air is escaping. It’s a problem in many older homes!


From unusually dry summers that contribute to more water use to leaky faucets and toilets, your home’s plumbing system efficiency and well-being will determine your utility bills. Consider a thorough inspection using a certified energy auditor to find every single possible source of leaks.

Electric Furnace

We cannot stress how important it is to change your furnace’s filters every other month. When a filter is clogged, your furnace works harder than needed, driving up electricity costs.

Aging Appliances

After a decade of use, the door seals of refrigerators and stoves start wearing out. This results in these appliances working overtime, becoming less efficient, and driving up your energy costs.

How J. Schwartz Can Help

Our decades of architectural and civil engineering experience have shown us just how important it is to work with certified energy auditors when building or remodeling a home. We can provide an energy audit service in conjunction with other services and audit the homes that we are doing projects on as a benefit to our clients. We work with certified energy auditors that we trust to do the best possible job to ensure your project includes an energy audit as part of your overall construction, should you want one.