Get customized results?

We’ll ask a few questions to find more savings.

Let's go No thanks

How to reduce your electricity bill

For business
Lower Bill Hero Graphic

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 lower your energy usage and save on your monthly electric bill. However, there’s only so much you can do when you’re locked into a high electric rate. If you’re interested in switching to an energy plan with a lower rate, enter your ZIP code above to explore available options in your area. Otherwise, read on for answers to common energy questions and our energy-saving tips and tricks.

FAQs about energy bills

Why is my electricity bill so high?

There are a lot of reasons why your bill could be surprisingly pricey. In the energy industry, you are charged by how much energy you use – measured in kilowatts hours (kWh). For fixed-rate plans, the amount you are charged for every kWh you use stays the same. Under a variable-rate plan, that rate can change based on the wholesale cost of energy. If your bill is higher than you expected, it may be because you are consuming more energy than you realize. Or, if you are enrolled in a variable-rate plan, it may be because energy demand went up, which led to an increase in the market cost of electricity. 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 on your energy bill is to understand what your bill is telling you each month. We get it – electric bills can feel confusing. That’s why we created this guide to understanding your energy bill, which includes a walkthrough of everything listed on your bill and what it means.

How can I lower electricity delivery charges?

Electricity delivery charges (often called Utility Distribution Company or UDC charges on your bill) are fees from the utility that delivers electricity to your area. These charges are determined by the state and everyone in the utility’s service area is charged the same amount, regardless of who your provider is. Unfortunately, this means you cannot lower the UDC charge on your bill.

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 more affordable electric rate. Just enter your ZIP code at the top of this page to find electricity rates and plans in your area. You can also read more about switching energy plans below:

Choose a green energy plan

Choosing a plan powered by renewable energy could lower your monthly energy bills and reduce your environmental footprint. Green energy is becoming more accessible 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 find plans available in your area.

Perform regular home maintenance

You may be able to lower your energy bill by regularly maintaining your home and making sure it is working as efficiently as possible. There are many areas of your home that require upkeep. Whether it’s your air filter or your HVAC, maintaining your home on a regular basis can lead to energy savings year round.