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What is electricity deregulation?

Electricity deregulation gives you more options of where to purchase your home or business’s electricity. Deregulated markets allow retail suppliers to compete for your business by offering lower rates and high quality products.

Suppliers generate consumers’ electricity from a variety of sources including coal, natural gas and nuclear plants. Environmentally-conscious customers need not worry though – most suppliers now offer deregulated electricity plans from renewable sources such as hydropower, geothermal, solar, and wind.

Pro Tip: Rates often rise when demand is highest, so lock in a lower rate in the spring or fall to save more during summer and winter!

Electricity prices vary based on several factors, including:

  • Fuel cost
  • Power grid maintenance and operation
  • Type of customer – residential, commercial, industrial
  • Location
  • Seasonality
  • Weather conditions

Choose Energy will help you compare and shop deregulated electricity plans in your area. Use our Energy Estimator to find out how much energy your home consumes, and then enter your ZIP code above to shop rates!

Learn about your electricity consumption

All the electricity your home uses adds up to the kWh number on your bill that comes just before the dollar amount you owe. The kWh total is how energy suppliers measure your home’s electricity usage. Controlling those kWh helps control the amount of money you owe each month.

The ChooseEnergy.com Energy Estimator shows how much electricity you use for common tasks around the home, including cooking, cleaning, entertainment and more. Simply enter how much you use your home’s devices and appliances to get a reading on how much energy you consume every month.

According to the EIA, the average American household uses 897 kWh of energy per month. Knowing that number, and how your own home’s usage compares, provides insight into the amount of energy you use per device. Our Energy Estimator will show you why simple changes like programming your thermostat or turning off televisions and computers when not in use will help lower energy costs.

How much energy do you consume?

Ever wonder how much energy your appliances use up? Use this calculator to help you see the big picture. Click on a category below to get started.

Energy Consumption
Appliance This is a list of the common appliances found in a home.

Coffee maker

Dishwasher

Microwave oven

Electric oven

Range/stove top

Refrigerator

Toaster

Avg. Wattage These are average wattages of appliances.

900

2500

1500

2000

800

150

1100

Enter your usage Type in how often you use your appliance. If you don't have it or don't use it, click on the box or type in "0".

10 min/day

3 hours/week

10 min/day

0.5 hours/day

20 min/day

24 hours/day

3 min/day

Kitchen Energy Usage

191.79 kWh

Total Energy Usage

910.97 kWh

How did we get this number?This total is calculated by taking the wattage and daily usage of your common appliances and converting this into a monthly kilowatt per hour (kWh) usage rate. To figure out the estimated cost based on this rate, multiply your kWh per month by the cost of your energy (an average rate is $.12 per kWh). You can learn more about calculating your energy consumption by following the steps on this page.

Appliance This is a list of the common appliances found in a home.

Computer (desktop)

Laptop

DVD player

Television < 40”

Television > 40”

Video game system

Laser printer

Avg. Wattage These are average wattages of appliances.

74

25

17

150

234

36

250

Enter your usage Type in how often you use your appliance. If you don't have it or don't use it, click on the box or type in "0".

2 hours/day

2 hours/day

1.5 hours/day

5 hours/day

5 hours/day

6 hours/week

2 min/day

Electronics Energy Usage

65.48 kWh

Total Energy Usage

910.97 kWh

How did we get this number?This total is calculated by taking the wattage and daily usage of your common appliances and converting this into a monthly kilowatt per hour (kWh) usage rate. To figure out the estimated cost based on this rate, multiply your kWh per month by the cost of your energy (an average rate is $.12 per kWh). You can learn more about calculating your energy consumption by following the steps on this page.

Appliance This is a list of the common appliances found in a home.

Central air conditioner

Heater (portable/space)

Window air conditioner (medium)

Water heater

Avg. Wattage These are average wattages of appliances.

3500

1320

900

3800

Enter your usage Type in how often you use your appliance. If you don't have it or don't use it, click on the box or type in "0".

1.5 hours/day

2 hours/day

2 hours/day

3 hours/day

Heating & Cooling Energy Usage

632.70 kWh

Total Energy Usage

910.97 kWh

How did we get this number?This total is calculated by taking the wattage and daily usage of your common appliances and converting this into a monthly kilowatt per hour (kWh) usage rate. To figure out the estimated cost based on this rate, multiply your kWh per month by the cost of your energy (an average rate is $.12 per kWh). You can learn more about calculating your energy consumption by following the steps on this page.

Appliance This is a list of the common appliances found in a home.

Clothes dryer

Clothes washer

Avg. Wattage These are average wattages of appliances.

4400

500

Enter your usage Type in how often you use your appliance. If you don't have it or don't use it, click on the box or type in "0".

1 hours/week

1 hours/week

Laundry Energy Usage

21.00 kWh

Total Energy Usage

910.97 kWh

How did we get this number?This total is calculated by taking the wattage and daily usage of your common appliances and converting this into a monthly kilowatt per hour (kWh) usage rate. To figure out the estimated cost based on this rate, multiply your kWh per month by the cost of your energy (an average rate is $.12 per kWh). You can learn more about calculating your energy consumption by following the steps on this page.

Click the category to see a detailed breakdown

To learn more about how to use this tool, read our how-to post 

Electricity cost by state

Residential electricity prices vary widely across the U.S., as low as 9.82 cents per kWh in Louisiana to 28.76 cents per kWh in Hawaii. Enter your ZIP code above to find low rates in your area.

No Deposit Electricity Plans

Do you have less-than-perfect credit? Are you curious about learning more about electricity plans that do not require a deposit? Learn about the options that Choose Energy has made available to you here.  

 

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