Understand Your Usage
Understanding your energy use can help put you in control of your monthly bills. With energy costs expected to increase in the coming months, you can prepare by using these tips to reduce your energy use while maintaining your comfort. If you or someone you know is having trouble paying their bill – we are here to help with programs, payment plans and assistance available.
Your monthly bill is affected by the price of energy and the amount of energy you use. Your energy costs include the delivery cost from your utility and the supply cost based on the supply option you have selected. As your energy delivery company, we build and maintain a safe, reliable system to deliver your energy supply to you. The supply charge is what you pay your supplier for the energy you use. While we have no control over the actual price of energy, you can shop for your supply through a supplier, or competitive electricity provider (CEP), or sign up for the Standard Offer price set by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC).
How much energy you use varies from day to day and month to month, depending upon a variety of factors including how many people are in your home, your daily habits, the weather, and the time of year.
Now that cooler months are here, stay comfortable while understanding energy costs
Heating costs: save money and maintain your comfort.
Here are some tips:
- Set the thermostat as low as comfort permits. Each degree above 68º F can use 3% more energy.
- Install a programmable or wi-fi thermostat to automatically control your heating and save money by lowering the temperature when you’re not home.
- If you use electric heat, consider replacing it with a high efficiency ductless mini split heat pump system, which can lower electricity use by as much as 40%.
- Clean or replace furnace filters as recommended and have your furnace burner checked and cleaned annually by a contractor. A well cleaned and tuned heating system saves you money.
- Install high-efficiency LED lighting. LED lighting uses 90% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and lasts up to 25 times longer.
Energy efficient lighting your home — a great choice!
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Multiply these figures times the number of bulbs and you can see the energy savings for more efficient lighting can really add up.
*May vary depending on number of run hours and bulb wattage choice. Watts are average usage for typical lighting solutions as identified by ENERGY STAR®.
Now you know if having the kids
home from college is impacting more
than just the grocery bill,
thanks to Usage Alerts
Receive alerts and updates about your electricity usage and estimated cost - all made possible by your smart meter! You can pick how you get them: text, email, phone – or any combination of those! 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.
Home Energy Calculator
Enter your appliance information to get an understanding of how different appliances in your home affect your overall costs.
Try our Home Energy Calculator
Tips to help you manage your energy use while spending time at home
- Turn off lights whenever you leave a room or don't need them
- Use task lighting over desks, tables and workbenches
- Take advantage of natural light whenever possible
- Use the air-drying option instead of heat drying. Or better yet, turn off the drying cycle, open the dishwasher and let the contents air dry
- Keep your refrigerator temperature setting just low enough to chill milk (38-40 degrees F) and the freezer low enough to keep ice cream hard (around 5 degrees F)
- Did you know, every time you open your refrigerator, approximately 30% of the cold air escapes?
- Instead of opening your oven door to check what’s cooking look through the window.
- Use advanced power strips to eliminate any ‘standby’ power that many devices consume even when turned off.
- Set your water heater at 120 degrees F (Many are preset at 140 degrees F)
Wonder how much electricity all the different items in your home use?
Use our FREE Energy Calculator to find out what each costs to run.
Use the miscellaneous section of the calculator to complete the calculation above for a single appliance!
- To estimate the hours used, think about how your appliances operate – does the appliance cycle on and off all day? Is it on steady for 8 to 10 hours?
- Look at your billing period – remember your monthly bill may not be a calendar month.
- Look at your bill to find the cost of your delivery charges (page 2) and your electricity supply (page 3).
Get the kids involved!
Fun and educational activities for your family – join the Power Adventure Team
Explore the Electric Universe! With information for everyone, you can find a section tailored to many ages and interests. Learn about electricity and safety at home or in school, gain wise energy use tips that are good for the environment and play games!