One way of controlling energy costs is by budgeting kilowatt hour usage. One kilowatt hour is equal to the electricity needed to burn ten 100-watt light bulbs for one hour. Learning how to read your meter will let you keep track and record how much electricity you’re using from day to day and month to month. Follow these four easy steps to budget your family’s electricity use:
Estimate the amount of money you can afford to spend for electricity each month. Remember that electricity use varies from season to season depending on heating and cooling needs. Determine the number of kilowatt hours (kWh) you can afford to use. Your district of ce can tell you how much a certain amount of kWh will cost.
Divide the desired monthly amount of kWh by the number of days in the month and you get a daily average. For example, if you decided you could afford 1,200 kWh per month and there were 30 days in the month, your daily average use should be 40 kWh.
Read your electric meter daily at the same time each day. It’s important that the meter is read at about the same time each day so you’ll know exactly how much electricity has been used during the 24 hour period.
Use the chart on the back of this brochure to record your daily meter readings and compare with your allotted energy budget. If you need to reduce your daily kWh total, try reducing your use of appliances that consume the most electricity.