From the dog days of summer to the frigid cold of a Virginia winter, Pamela’s power bill was always high.
Pamela Mason had been living in the same two-story home on the family farm for years, but for some reason her monthly power bill had gotten completely out of hand over the last several months.
She tried all of the obvious tricks, like setting her thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter before moving it toward 78 degrees as the summer months approached, but it didn’t matter; her power bill was still pushing almost $400 per month.
Pamela even started watching her light use closely, making sure that she only had the lights on in the room that she was using. Still, the months rolled on and the bills kept coming.
$340 for June. $365 for July. How could she afford to keep paying these astronomical bills?
Sometimes the answers to our money-saving questions are not always the obvious ones.
Pamela’s problem, for example, went on for months on end, until a seemingly unrelated issue sprang up – the water pump on her well water system went out.
One visit from her local plumber and Pamela soon realized that her exorbitant power usage had little to do with her thermostat, and more to do with her water pump kicking on every few seconds because of a faulty pipe.
That single issue with Pamela’s water pump running 24/7 cost her dearly – and she went for months without diagnosing the problem. So what can we all learn from Pamela’s power predicament?
You may be completely baffled by the triple-digit bills that are coming from your power company every month, just as Pamela was. Let’s go over some steps you can take to ensure that when it’s time to pay your power bill, you’re not dishing out a penny more than you have to.
The month after Pamela Mason’s faulty water pump was replaced, her power bill plummeted by $100. Now Pamela has both the tools and awareness that are necessary for keeping her power bill as low as possible. Pamela may live on a farm, but she’s certainly made it clear that in her home, power hogs are not welcome.