Causes of High Summer Utility Bills
Outside the Home
- Dry periods typically occur in the spring. Water bills can spike during spring and fall droughts. Water bills rise as a result of unnecessary lawn watering. Excessive watering increases cost and can harm the grass.
- Here are a few tips:
- Water your lawn in the early morning when the sun and wind are low. About 30 minutes of water twice a week is all your lawn needs. Grass roots will grow deeper and less watering will be needed over time.
- Remove weeds, which take up precious water.
- Mow regularly, removing one-third of the grass length. Leave clippings on the lawn to help retain moisture.
- Gardening and landscaping activities increase water use. This may cost more than expected.
- The home has a hot tub. Unless careful attention is paid to a tub's cover, insulation and pumping, the added monthly cost can be $20 to $40 or more.
- Vines, bushes, tall grass, leaves, litter or lawn chairs cover the air conditioner's outdoor condenser unit. The heat can't be released, and cooling costs rise.