Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Day 2 of Cut your costs Bootcamp

How Much Energy Do You Use?

 It’s time to tackle energy. If you’re anything like us, energy costs tend to suck up money. To boot, reading our energy bill can be extremely confusing—kilowatt hours? Delivery charges? If you’re confused by your energy bill, you’re not the only one in the dark.

 Today we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of your energy bill so that tomorrow we can work on lowering it.

Your bill likely includes electricity and gas, but in some states consumers receive separate bills for the generation and delivery of that same electricity.

Definations you should know

Delivery services
These charges cover the cost of getting the energy from the supplier to your home, including the maintenance of power lines and substations. This also includes a demand charge, which covers the costs of maintaining energy during high demand, like in the middle of a heat wave.

Supplier services
These charges cover the cost of generating the electricity. These charges are also where companies begin to get competitive with rates.

Kilowatt hours and therms
Kilowatt hours (kWh) are a way to quantify electricity use, and therms are a way to quantify gas use. “Kilowatt hours” refers to how many kilowatts the appliance uses when it runs for one hour.

Energy rates
The rate you’ve been charged for your energy usage. Rates vary, and trying to predict what they’ll be for the next month is as unreliable as predicting how much it will cost you for a full tank of gas.

The following chart shows how many minutes one kWh can buy you for each appliance

How Much Are You Spending On Average?

You can’t control your energy rates, but you can control your energy usage. We’ve ranked your home’s cost
centers from most to least expensive. Interesting, huh? Get ready for tomorrow, when we’ll tackle how to lower that energy bill. May the cost savings begin

Time approx 4 minutes
  1. Check out a sample energy bill at so you know what to look for on your own bill. (I'm not american however all this information is just as informitive for us Scotts)
Time approx 10 mins
  1. Go through your most recent energy bill line by line and make sure you understand where your money is going.
  2. Call your energy provider if there’s anything on the bill that you don’t understand.

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