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Breaking Down Your Electric Bill

Confused about all the charges you see on your electric bill? We’re dedicated to helping people get the most out of their home electric.

Here’s how to tell “what’s watt” on your monthly electric bill – plus, some cost saving tips!

Electric bill savings

kWh (Kilowatt-hour)

A measure of oh much electricity your household uses. One kilowatt-hour equals the amount of electricity used by ten 100-watt lights left on for one hour.

Generation Charges

The generation charge is for the production of electricity you use.

Transmission Charges

The transmission charge is to move that electricity long distances across larger, high-voltage lines.

Distribution Charges

The charges to deliver electricity to your home or business.

Meter Read

This table shows meter reading information for the period associated with the current bill. This is your actual electricity usage for the billing period. We measure electricity usage in kilowatt hours (kWh).

Electric Usage Profile

Generally, your electric provider will show show a summary of graph of your the average daily usage over the past 24 months. This information is a helpful way to track and manage your electric use as it fluctuates from season to season. For instance, you might see higher during a heat wave when you run your AC unit.

Ways to Save

There are countless ways to save electricity. Follow these tips for fast, simple ways to see instant savings — especially during colder months.

  • Plug appliances into smart power strips to save energy from being drained needlessly.
  • Switch to LED lights. You’ll save up to $80 over the lifetime of the bulb and use up to 90% less energy
  • Replace your furnace air filter. A clean filter can actually lower your energy costs by allowing your heating system to work at max efficiency.
  • Turn down the temp! Each degree lower on the thermostat can help reduce your energy bill
  • Curious how much certain appliances consume? Check out this handy appliance energy calculator from

Talk to a Mister Sparky electrician about upgrading to more energy efficient electric systems.

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