This month’s usage was high, as expected, but still less than last year. I would rather see lower than last year by even a few dollars, than higher as has been the trend for the past six years. As you can see in the graphic, we have consistently used less electricity every month of this year so far. As I look over the bill, I am always amazed at all the taxes, usage fees and other miscellaneous items added to our monthly bill (see below).
For comparison, here is this month and last year’s July usage:
Usage for this July 2008:
This month we were billed for 31 days. We used a total of 3732 kWhs. 1514 were on-peak, 2218 were off-peak. And our bill for this month is $433.46.
Usage for July 2007:
Last year for 33 days we used a total of 4237 kWhs. 1838 were on-peak, 2399 were off-peak. And our bill for the month in July 2007 was $472.63.
That is a savings of $39.17. Since we pay on the same amount all year long, I can’t snowflake this savings, but I am hoping to see the monthly bill decrease when the year begins again (instead of increasing!)
More comparison information:
Note that last year at this same time it was two degrees hotter than this month.
Billing days 31
Average outdoor temperature 90°
Your total use in kWh 3732
Percentage of on-peak use 41%
Your average daily cost $13.98
Billing days 30
Average outdoor temperature 79°
Your total use in kWh 2775
Percentage of on-peak use 44%
Your average daily cost $11.37
This month last year
Billing days 33
Average outdoor temperature 92°
Your total use in kWh 4237
Percentage of on-peak use 43%
Your average daily cost $14.32
Amount of electricity you used
Meter reading on Jul 21 83593
Meter reading on Jun 20 79861
Total electricity you used, in kWh 3732
On-peak meter reading on Jul 21 77450
On-peak meter reading on Jun 20 75936
On-peak electricity you used, in kWh 1514
(9 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday)
Off-peak electricity you used, in kWh 2218
(9 pm to 9 am weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday)
Cost of electricity you used
Basic service charge $6.54
Delivery service charge $92.33
Environmental benefits surcharge $1.32
Federal environmental improvement surcharge $0.60
Competition rules compliance charge $1.26
System benefits charge $6.90
Power supply adjustment* $29.81
Meter reading* $1.71
Generation of electricity on-peak* $191.23 ($0.12845 per kWh)
Generation of electricity off-peak* $42.83 ($0.04925 per kWh)
Transmission and ancillary services* $19.41
Transmission cost adjustment* $4.52
Cost of electricity you used $405.50
Taxes and fees
Regulatory assessment $0.74
State sales tax $22.75
County sales tax $4.47
City sales tax $0.00
Franchise fee $0.00
Cost of electricity with taxes and fees $433.46
Total charges for electricity services $433.46
* These services are currently provided by *Electricity Company* but may be provided by a competitive supplier.
The on-peak usage is what kills us. If only we could live without air conditioning during the day!
- You’re billed the lowest kWh price for the 1st 400 kWhs used per month ($0.086/kWh)
- The next 400 kWhs are billed at a higher price ($0.122/kWh)
- and all additional kWhs after that an even higher price ($0.144/kWh)
On the standard plan, the service charge is $0.25 per day. $7.50 for 30 days.
On the On-Off Peak plan, the service charge is $0.49 per day. $14.70 for 30 days. (I just noticed we were not charged the On-Off Peak plan service charge rate above, we were charged a lower cost, maybe the “basic rate” plan? Or maybe that is standard, then one of the other charges is the cost for using the On-Off Peak plan.)
This last month we used a total of 3732 kWh.
On the standard plan we would have paid:
- 1st 400 kWhs $0.086 per kWh: $34.40
- Next 400 kWhs $0.122: $48.80
- All add’l kWhs $0.144 $422.20
So our total electricity usage for the standard plan would have come to: $505.40 + service charge $7.50 = $512.90.
With all the extra taxes and fees listed above, we used $405.50 by using the on-off peak service. We saved at least $100 dollars this month by using this plan.
Do you use the savings plan for your electricity in your area?