When the Heating and Air Conditioning plan was laboring harder, there was more energy use
Every month for the last several weeks, I have watched our energy bill get a little higher. At first it was just a couple dollars. This month it went up over $10 more than the previous week. Over several weeks, our energy bill has gone up over $40. I have never seen our energy bill this high. I knew that there had to be something in our house that was causing this much of a raise. I started checking to make sure all the lights were out and that our child hadn’t forgotten to unplug his blow dryer or curling iron. I guess he had done it before. I also tested to make sure the control unit was all turned off in the unused rooms. When I ran out of energy thieves to check, I called the Heating and Air Conditioning dealer. I wanted them to do an energy loss test on our home. When the Heating and Air Conditioning serviceman finally arrived, he asked when I had last had our air duct cleaned, and if I had our air conditioning unit worked on. I admitted I had forgotten to have the AC unit worked on, even though I had never had our air duct cleaned. The Heating and Air Conditioning tech told myself and others that if there was a lot of dust and debris in the air duct, it could cause the Heating and Air Conditioning plan to work harder. When the Heating and Air Conditioning plan was laboring harder, there was more energy use. I had the air duct cleaned and the AC unit worked on. Now, I just need to wait to see if the energy bill goes down over the next several bills.