Why is my electricity bill so high?
There are many reasons why your energy bill could be surprisingly pricey. With an electricity plan, you are charged for how much energy you use — measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). For fixed-rate plans, the rate you pay per kWh stays the same. Under a variable-rate plan, that rate can change monthly based on the wholesale cost of energy.
If your energy 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 reducing your electric bill, find our tips at the bottom of the page.
How can I understand my electricity bill?
The key to saving on your utility bill is to understand what your bill is telling you each month. We understand that reading your electric bill 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. When you know which items you can change, you have a better chance of lowering your electric bill.
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. The state determines these charges, and everyone in the utility’s service area is charged the same amount, regardless of their provider. Unfortunately, this means you cannot lower the UDC charge on your bill.
How can I conserve electricity?
Lowering your energy consumption is one of the best ways to make your electricity bill cheaper. On this page, you’ll find our top five tips for saving energy, as well as resources to help you lower your utility bills.