As the summer heat intensifies, many of us take steps to conserve electricity, hoping to keep our bills in check. We might set our thermostats a few degrees higher, use fans instead of air conditioning, or even turn off appliances when not in use. However, despite these efforts, most Glasgow EPB electric customers still see their highest electric bills during the Summer months. Here’s why:

1. Increased Cooling Demand

When Summer temperatures soar, it makes air conditioning a necessity rather than a luxury. Air conditioners and cooling systems work harder and longer during this time to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature, consuming more electricity. Even if you set your thermostat higher, the system still runs more frequently and for longer periods to counteract the extreme heat.

2. Higher Ambient Temperatures

The higher the outdoor temperature, the more energy is required to cool your home. For example, if it’s 100°F outside, your cooling system must work harder to bring the indoor temperature down to a comfortable level. This increased workload results in higher energy consumption, driving up your electricity bill.

3. Longer Daylight Hours

During summer, days are longer, which can lead to increased electricity usage. With more daylight, people tend to stay up later, using lights, electronics, and other appliances for extended periods. This additional usage contributes to higher overall electricity consumption.

4. Increased Humidity Levels

Humidity plays a significant role in how comfortable we feel indoors. High humidity levels make the air feel warmer than it actually is, prompting us to use air conditioning more intensely. Dehumidifiers, often used in conjunction with air conditioners, also consume electricity, further increasing your bill.

5. More Time Spent Indoors

Summer often means more time spent indoors to escape the heat. This increased indoor activity leads to higher usage of electronic devices, appliances, and lighting, all of which contribute to higher electricity consumption.

6. Increased Use of Appliances

In the summer, certain appliances contribute to increased electric usage. For example, refrigerators and freezers work harder to maintain cool temperatures, especially if they are opened more often.

Tips to Manage Summer Electricity Bills

While it may be challenging to drastically reduce your electricity bill during the summer, here are some tips to help manage and potentially lower it: