How to reduce your electricity bill

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Looking for ways to lower your electricity bill?

If you feel like you’re paying too much on your electric bills, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans feel frustrated and overwhelmed when it comes to energy rates and plans.

There are many ways to cut your energy usage and save money on your monthly bill. However, there’s only so much you can save when you’re locked into a high electric rate. If you’re interested in switching to a lower rate, enter your ZIP code above. Otherwise, read on to have your energy questions answered and learn more about our energy saving tips and tricks.

FAQs

Why is my electricity bill so high?

There are a lot of reasons why your bill could be surprisingly expensive. You are charged by how much energy you use – measured in kilowatts hours (kWh). If your bill is higher than you expected, it may be because you are consuming more energy than you realize. To learn more about lowering your electric bill, see our tips at the bottom of the page.

How can I understand my electricity bill?

The key to saving money on your bill is to understand what your bill is telling you each month. We get it – electric bills can feel confusing at times. That’s why we created this guide to understanding your energy bill.

Can I reduce electricity delivery charges?

Electricity delivery charges (frequently called UDC or Utility Distribution Company charges on your bill) are fees from the utility that delivers electricity to your area. These charges are determined by the state and everyone is charged the same amount, regardless of who your provider is.

How can I conserve electricity?

We’re glad you asked! One of the best ways to lower your electricity bill is by using less energy. Below you’ll find our top 5 tips for saving energy, as well as resources to help you lower your bills.

Ways to save energy – and lower your electric bill

Switch to a new provider

Lowering your energy usage is one way to save on your bills. But if you’re stuck in an energy plan with a high rate, your best option may be to find a new plan with a rate that works for you. Thinking about switching to a new plan or provider? Choose Energy can help you find a cheaper rate. Just enter your ZIP code at the top of this page to see plans in your area. You can also read more about switching below:

Opt for a renewable energy plan

Choosing a plan that uses renewable energy could lead to lower monthly energy bills and reduce your environmental footprint. Green energy is becoming more prevalent across the country – with Texas leading the nation in wind power and California topping the charts for solar. If you live in a deregulated area, chances are there’s a renewable energy provider near you.

Invest in energy-efficient appliances

Your household appliances can help you save energy every day. Whether it’s your thermostat, washing machine, or lighting, Choose Energy has more information on how you can save with your appliances.

Choose a prepaid electric plan

With a prepaid electricity plan, you pay only for the electricity that you need. This pay-as-you-go option can motivate energy consumers to use less energy, leading to a lower monthly bill. If you are interested in a prepaid energy plan, enter your ZIP code above to see plans available in your area.

Perform regular maintenance

You may be able to lower your energy bill by regularly maintaining your home. There are many areas of your home that require upkeep. Whether it’s your air filter or your HVAC, maintaining your home can lead to energy savings.