What makes up your energy bill and how to get a handle on heating your home

October 15, 2021 5:42 AM

Posted on October 15, 2021 5:42 AM

Updated October 15, 2021 6:08 AM

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SPOKANE, Washington – It’s far from winter, but we’ve had some pretty cool days.

Colder days are ahead and there is no better time than now to plan for an increase in your energy bills.

Instead of being surprised when your November bill comes out, Avista wants to help its customers prepare now.

At this time of year, your heater works extra hard to keep your space warm and can make up over half of your bill, around 40-60%.

Your water heating also consumes a lot of energy and accounts for around 14% of your bill.

Everything else consists of lighting (12%), appliances (13%), electronics (4%) and other things like external power supplies, setup boxes, ceiling fans, fans, home audio etc. (11%)).

According to Avista, the utility bill for a typical single-family home in the United States averages $ 2,200 a year.

By making small adjustments here and there, you can lower your energy consumption and increase your savings.

RELATED: Tips to Keep Your Heating Bills Down This Winter

But it can be easier said than done.

In the colder months, the rule of thumb is to set the thermostat to 68 degrees and lower it by a few to save energy at night or on the go.

But when it comes to apartments, for example, some complexes do not allow you to set your thermostat to a specific number.

“Many of our more vulnerable customers use electrical resistance strips for heating, and that is the most expensive way to heat a home,” said Carlos Limon, Avista’s energy efficiency engineer. “When that happens, typically in apartments or apartment buildings, we recommend practicing zone heating. That means only heating the rooms that you live in and lowering the temperature and closing the doors of unused rooms. “

Whether you’re in a house or apartment, there are a few things you can do to keep the cold air out.

Insulate your windows by caulking or applying weather strips.

You can even put a blanket under your door when the door sweeper is empty and you need to stop the draft.

If you have a fireplace, close the hatches when you are not using it.

On sunny days, even opening the blinds and curtains can let in the natural warmth of the sunlight. But don’t forget to close them at night.

There are so many little things you can do in each category to save – but just try to pick a few things to get started and stick with.

See how this affects your bill from one month to the next.

If you still need help with payment, Avista works with community promotion agencies to help you with billing.

Just call 800-227-9187 for customer service.

You can qualify for convenience bills, preferred due dates, payment arrangements, energy grants, and much more.

Please visit the Avista website for more information.

RELATED: Your Heating Bills Might Go Up This Winter: Here’s What To Expect.

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