No one likes paying for their utility bills. The consistent increase in the price of utilities can be a major stressor in our daily lives. But you don’t have to navigate these murky waters alone!
The team here at Skelton’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing might not be capable of eradicating the monthly toil of utility bills. But when things feel off and you find yourself wondering why your water bill seems too high, we’re here with all of the information you might need to make sense of a fluctuating utility bill.
Most Common Causes For A High Water Bill
Plumbing is one of our specialties — and we’ve seen it all. When it comes to potential causes for a high bill, there isn’t anything that can surprise us. The most common causes of an increase in your water bill are discussed below.
Increased Water Usage
Perhaps the most obvious cause for an increasing water bill, sometimes homeowners are simply not aware of how much water they are using. Changes in lifestyle and habits can cause your water usage to fluctuate which will directly reflect on your monthly bill. Things like,
- Seasonal changes
- Updated/new appliances
- New occupants
- Lifestyle changes
Something as simple as an increase in laundry frequency can have an impact on your utility bill, and it’s important to consider every factor before assuming something is broken or faulty.
The amount of water our homes use and are charged for is monitored through a standardized water meter installed on essentially every home connected to public water in the United States. While these units are fairly robust and reliable, they can still fail, resulting in false usage reports and a bill that’s higher than it should be.
Water, like every commodity, has a set price on the free market. The amount water companies can charge is dictated by a complex market comprised of thousands of moving parts. This means that sometimes, a high water bill is simply and unfortunately the result of a price increase of water.
While it’s rare, it’s not unheard of for utility companies to accidentally overcharge their customers through clerical errors. If you’re noticing abnormally high bills and can’t seem to pinpoint the cause, it might be in your best interest to call your water provider and have them examine your bill against your tracked usage for errors.
While a high water bill is never good, it can be useful in that it can be a potential early warning sign of a hidden leak inside of your home. Fortunately, water leak detection is one of the things we’re best at, and our team has the knowledge and skills to locate even the most pesky of leaks.
From something major, like a slab leak, to minor problems like a running toilet or dripping faucet, we’ll provide the exact repairs you need to stop the leaks and lower those water bills.
When Your Bills Are High, Give Skelton’s A Try
While high bills are sometimes unavoidable, with the help of professionals like the ones here at Skeltion’s Heating & Cooling, you can have a far greater chance of keeping them low. From practical advice about responsible usage to high-quality solutions for the most complicated of plumbing problems, we have everything you could need to maintain as much control of your utility bills as possible.
So if you need anything, HVAC or plumbing, from ductless mini-splits to slab leak detection, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Skeltion’s Heating & Cooling, for a standard of home services that’s truly a cut above the rest.