After retiring, many folks see their utility bills rise abruptly. Usually, this follows several years of empty nesting that can lead to lower utility bills. So, it often comes as a shock.
An average household in Clark County uses about 1,200 kilowatts of electricity each month, which makes the electric bill about $115 a month. Empty nesters may see a drop, then see the amount spike as they become retirees. Calls to Clark Public Utilities energy counselors assure them it’s not an anomaly and there’s usually a very logical reason.
Before retiring, empty nesters spent the hours between breakfast and dinner at work, often setting their thermostats down when they went to work and turning them back up upon returning,” said DuWayne Dunham, energy counselor for the utility.
“The temperature was several degrees cooler during working hours, electric appliances were all off and the kids were out of the house. So those customers see lower utility bills,” he said.
Upon retirement, energy use goes up for about 40 hours a week as they spend more time at home and use more resources. Once idle during the day, appliances, heating, cooling, computers, lighting, televisions, radios, microwaves, water heaters, as well as other electrical devices, are now often in service.