The extreme cold weather we’ve experienced this winter has forced many of us indoors with the heat cranked, Netflix streaming, electric blanket plugged in, and space heater oscillating. While these appliances may warm you up quickly and keep you entertained, they can also add up just as fast on your electric bill.

The amount of electricity used during a billing cycle is the main contributor to the bottom line you see on your monthly bill. Whether you’re tuning into Amazon Prime, or Hulu on your TV or laptop computer, or you’re catching up on the latest recording on your DVR, you’re consuming electricity. In fact, electronics alone make up roughly 5% of the average residential energy use.

Small device, big impact

So, you turn on your favorite show and six hours later you’ve finished the entire series. What does that look like on your electric bill? At first glance, it doesn’t look like a significant amount but every penny counts, especially when devices like cellphone and computer chargers and gaming systems and cable boxes passively consume energy. That means whether they’re powered on or just plugged in, they’re consuming energy.

Space heater plugged in? That’s going to cost you

The amount of money you spend to keep your space heater plugged in depends on the size and frequency of use, and that amount might shock you. Let’s say you plug your space heater in for three hours a day for 30 days, what is that going to cost you? $0.23 x 90 hours… that’s $20 spent on your space heater alone.

Take control of your energy usage

Usage is the primary factors that impacts your bill, and it’s one factor you can control. Take a look at the “Detail of Current Charges” section of your bill, where you’ll find a month-over-month and year-over-year breakdown of your usage history. Being more mindful about the amount of energy you are using will only help lower the amount you pay each month for electricity.

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