Understand Your Usage
How much energy does my air conditioner use?
Electric usage varies from day to day and month to month, depending upon a variety of factors including your daily habits, the weather, and the time of year. An increase in your electric usage could be caused by a variety of factors:
Electricity bills may be higher during the summer months, due to the increased energy needed to cool your home on hot, muggy days.
- Think about how your appliances operate – does the appliance cycle on and off all day? Is it on steady for 8 to 10 hours?
- Think about how you use your appliance. For example: using an air conditioner while sleeping = 8 hours, times 3 nights a month = 24 hours of use in a month.
- Look at your bill to understand your billing cycle – it may run mid-June to mid-July for example so what you call your July bill may be half June!
- Look at your bill to find the cost of your delivery charges (page 2) and your electricity supply (page 3).
Now you have an idea of the impact of hot weather and cool comfort on your bill!
We offer the following FREE resources:
Receive alerts and updates about your electricity usage and estimated cost - all made possible by your smart meter! You can choose to receive any of the following alerts:
- Usage Update: Receive weekly updates with your usage, estimated cost, and daily averages for the current billing period.
- Usage Amount Exceeded: Set a monthly electricity usage or dollar amount, and we'll notify you if/when you exceed that amount.
- Usage Change: We'll notify you of big changes to your daily usage. Specifically, if your daily usage is 50% higher or 75% lower than your past 30-day average usage for three days in a row.
Track your energy usage online, hour-by-hour, day-by-day. With Energy Manager, you can create a checklist of ways to save and get helpful tips for managing your electricity use. Other innovative features include:
- View weather data along with usage information
- Match usage to your billing statement
A sudden increase in energy usage may indicate a problem with an appliance, heating or cooling system, or water heater. A spike can also be caused by a period of very hot, muggy weather in the summer. Don't forget that since billing cycles are about a month long, sometimes it can be a few weeks before the effect of a heat wave will be seen on your bill.