Why is my Utility Bill so High?

There can be many reasons for a high utility bill ranging from weather, to higher occupancy and activity, to faulty appliances or a water leak. If you are noticing a higher than normal bill this month, here are some things to look at.

Weather

Utility costs tend to be highest during the summer. This is directly related to high temperatures. During hot days, your air conditioning has to work hard to keep your house cool and uses significantly more power. When temperatures are higher, expect to use more electricity. Water costs also tend to increase due to increased lawn and garden watering. These costs can be partially mitigated by turning the temperature on your thermostat up a few degrees and by limiting your watering. Try not to water your lawn or garden during daylight hours when you’ll lose more water to evaporation.

Appliances

When appliances aren’t running well, they can use a significant amount of power. A bad seal around a refrigerator or freezer door could be costing you unnecessary money. Appliances that have filters don’t run as efficiently when the filter is dirty. Change them regularly. Our Power Department offers a free power audit. They can tell you when you’ve had spikes in power usage to help you figure out what appliances might be costing you more than you expect. They can be reached at (801) 489-2750.

Leaks and Water Use

Check for leaks around your house. A leaking toilet, faucet, water heater, or spigot can waste a lot of precious water. Your sprinkler system may be wasting water as well. Adjust any sprinkler heads that are spraying sidewalks or roads and limit watering times where possible. USU Extension offers a free Water Check Program to help you conserve water. Visit their website for details.

USU Extension Water Check

Rates

Springville City works hard to keep your rates low while maintaining quality service. Occasionally rates are increased a small amount to keep up with costs and inflation. Even after an increase, our city has some of the lowest utility rates in Utah County. If your bill is significantly higher, it’s likely due to increased utility use, not a rate increase. Check your sprinkler system for increased water use during hot months, or your thermostat for increased power consumption.

Ways to Save

What can you do to mitigate higher bills in the future?  Here are a couple of tips for a more predictable bill:

  • Sign up for our Equal Pay Plan
  • Call the Power Department for a free power audit at (801) 489-2750
  • Adjust your thermostat
  • Check for faulty appliances
  • Check for leaks
  • Adjust your sprinkler system
  • Replace your air conditioner’s filter regularly (usually once per month) to help it run more efficiently.
  • Consider a smart thermostat or smart sprinkler system

To sign up for budget billing or if you have other questions regarding your bill, contact the utility billing department at (801) 491-7860 or (801) 489-2710.