Do you really use more energy than your neighbors?

Here’s why your energy utility is sending you mail about your home’s energy consumption.

Here’s why your energy utility is sending you mail about your home’s energy consumption.

If you’ve received a piece of mail from your energy utility telling you you’re using more energy than your neighbors, you’re not alone. It’s common practice for utilities to send these updates to their customers.  

That’s because your energy utility actually wants you to use less energy. Many utilities are incentivized and even required to reduce the amount of energy their customers consume. So it’s in their best interests to encourage you to reduce your power use. 

In this article, we’ll explain more about what these mailings can tell you, what they can’t, and how you can do something about your home’s energy use.

Ok, I got one of these pieces of mail from my utility. How bad is it?

Don’t panic. Just because you’re using more energy than the Joneses is not cause for alarm.

That said, higher-than-average energy use warrants a closer look. It isn’t just bad for the planet. It costs you more money every month, and may also be indicative of other, harder-to-see problems that are negatively impacting your home’s comfort and efficiency. 

If you want to do something about reducing your energy use, you have options.

The DIY solution: Take an energy audit

The U.S. Department of Energy offers a free online energy audit. In just a few minutes, the audit will help you take a look around your house and find different ways to save energy.

Try the DIY audit

Consider buying new energy, efficient appliances

Smart thermostats learn your preferences over time and can make a big difference in your energy consumption. And energy-efficient appliances like hybrid hot water heaters and hybrid heat pump clothes dryers can significantly reduce electricity use. 

Learn more about ways to reduce your carbon footprint

Talk to Sealed

If you want to get even more precise information about how your home is using energy and how you can reduce your consumption, give us a call: 917-382-3729.

Our efficiency experts talk to dozens of homeowners every day, and we can usually identify the core problem areas in your home over the phone. We love helping people save energy, and we’d love to help you too. 

April 3, 2020