Have you ever actually looked closely at your electric bill? What a joke! Here are the details of my bill.
Cost of Electricity Used:
- Basic service charge
- Delivery service charge
- Environmental benefits service charge
- Federal environmental improvement surcharge
- Competition rules compliance charge
- System benefits charge
- Power supply adjustments
- Meter Reading
- Generation of electricity on-peak
- Generation of electricity off-peak
- Transmission and ancillary services
- Transmission cost adjustment
Taxes and fees:
- Regulatory assessment
- State sales tax
- County sales tax
- City sales tax
- Franchise fee
After crunching the numbers I spent roughly 25% on actual electricity and the other 75% on other fees and taxes!
Here are a 5 ways to save on your utility bill:
(1) If you are not using electronics unplug them. Cell phone chargers, little appliances in the kitchen still use energy even tough they are not turned on.
(2) When using your heater to warm up every degree that you turn down the temperature you will roughly save up to 3-5% off your bill.
(3) Wash you clothes with cold water. The soap will still get the taco sauce spills without hot water.
(4) Buy Fluorescent bulbs from the local hardware store. They are a little more expensive than normal bulbs but they last way longer and you will rarely have to change them. During the life of the energy efficient bulb it can save $40-60 for the life of the bulb.
(5) Use a low flow shower head. This will reduce the amount of water you use in the shower and lower your monthly water bill.