We all use energy and should get to use all of our desired utilities without hesitation. To get the best rate, determine how much electricity you use, what is using electricity in your home, and ways to reduce your bill. Providers are very flexible and are dedicated to getting you the best rate.
How much electricity do I use?
You can find your home’s/apartment’s/company’s electricity usage for the last month by looking at your last electric bill. Usage is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). To give you an idea of how much energy one kilowatt-hour is (and how much electricity appliances use), 1 kWh is enough to run a microwave for an hour, a LED bulb for two and a half days, or enough to drive an electric car for just over three miles. The average home in Texas uses 1,176 kWh on a monthly basis—more in summer and winter, less in spring and fall. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) publishes data on how Texas compares to other states on electricity price and usage, which you can find here.
What is using electricity in my home?
You probably already know that just about everything uses electricity: your electronics, your clothe dryer, your dishwasher, etc. However, there are a few items that use the most electricity:
- Heating and cooling your home usually consumes 25 percent of a home’s electricity usage (but this changes by season).
- Lighting your home takes under 10 percent of your monthly usage.
- Appliances like your refrigerator/freezer, washer and dryer, and dishwasher take up another 15 percent.
You can explore other uses here.
How can I reduce my electricity bill?
There is not much to do beyond the obvious when it comes to lowering your usage—turning off items when you are not using them is the easiest way. Newer appliances tend to use less electricity, and newer homes tend to be more efficient at keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
When it comes to lowering the price of electricity, shopping around is important. Do not get lured in by heavy signing bonuses—the company is bound to make it up eventually. Websites like Texas’ Electricityforme can help you sort through the number of options available and pick the right plan for you.