Making sense of your bill
The billing cycle plays a part
What the weather is like and how many days there are in each month have an influence on your total energy use.
Again, you can quickly determine the impact on your bill by logging into your account or referencing the “Comparing your monthly use” section of your printed bill.
Rates are seasonal
As the need for energy to run air conditioning units and other equipment in the summer increases, so does the cost to deliver it. And accordingly, summer months have a higher kilowatt hour (kWh) charge. So a change in your bill may not be that your business used more energy, but rather a new kilowatt hour (kWh) charge has gone into effect. You can determine if this is the case by logging into your account and comparing your usage this month to the same time last year or referencing the “Comparing your monthly use” section of your printed bill.
Additional machines require additional energy
If you’ve recently installed new equipment or added a production line, the amount of energy your facility uses can increase.
Is equipment being turned on at a different time?
If your billed usage has increased, conduct a walk-through of your facility.
You may find that equipment may be running at different times. And that can create an unnecessary spike in demand.
If your employees work overtime so does your energy
If people worked longer than normal hours, chances are your energy bill will be anything but normal.
And if your business space was used for an after hours event, that can add to your bill, too.
When more of your building gets used, it takes more energy to run it
If space that was previously vacant is now occupied, you’ll see an increase in energy use.
Not only do more computers and office equipment demand more energy, but air conditioners also have to work harder when there are more people to keep comfortable.
Thermostat set points set the pace
If your thermostat set points aren’t adjusted appropriately, there’s a good chance you’re either overcooling or overheating your facility.
And if no one is there to benefit from it, you could be unnecessarily using energy.
It takes energy to power maintenance and construction
Extra tools get plugged in. Outside doors get propped open. And more energy gets used.
When your workspace is renovated or expanded, the demand for energy simply goes up.