Electricity costs

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Today I was reading those little tags on the appliances about how much it costs to operate for one year and it made me wonder how much everyone pays per kilowatt? Here ours is about 8 cents, it was over 10 cents but we were bought out by another co-op, and they have over the last several years brought it down. We do pay a $7 a month "service" charge. Our average bill is about $80 to $100 a month, which I know is high. We have so many lights, 2 hot water heaters, and are always cooking, or running tools. What is the cost in your area?

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (me@home.net), January 25, 2002


Averaging $28.00 per month with the water heater off until I need it. light, fridge, furnace (kero), puter, ect. one person.

-- mitch hearn (moopups@citlink.net), January 25, 2002.

Melissa: I checked my statement to see if I could figure out how much my electricity costs per kilowatt. I divided my bill by the number of hours and came up with about 0.568 cents, or, I think, about 5 1/2 cents. I think it's a terrific bargain considering I use lots of lights for ambiance, some appliances that run all the time, my computer, sterio, tv,vcr,an electric stove, an electric heater, etc. Now my gas bill, for heating and hot water tank is out of sight. I don't know what they do in your area, but here in NW PA they read the meter every other month and estimate the next. I always turn the thermostat way down at night so it does not come on til morning, and the same when I'm gone to work during the day. The last actual bill was about $65. The most recent estimated bill was nearly $180. Stef

-- stef (sbrogers@csonline.net), January 25, 2002.

ok we pay a customer charge of 5.44 and the first 600 kwhs are .061376 and then if you use more you get charged .076197. My bill was $81.27 for Dec. This is the highest I've paid. The bills before that had run about $65.oo. We do run a small hot tub,freezer and washer dryer, refrig. and electric range. And we heat a stock tank.(that is probably why my bill went up.) So I think we do good. This is interesting to see what different areas cost.

-- Jo in Central Wa. (countryjo16@hotmail.com), January 26, 2002.

Melissa You must be part of the South-Central co-op right???The $7 consumer fee is what ours is as well.We have a 400 amp main service,at one time the power co. gave us a small rollback based on kilowatts used.But last year that went away!!!!When we start up the greenhouse the bills run 280-350.per month

-- Steve in Ohio (stevenb@ohiohills.com), January 26, 2002.

We payed $17.00 per month hookup charge (Coop fee) and 7.52 cents per kilowatt hour. Our bills were usually about $110 per month, until our oldest daughter moved out. They actually dropped $20 per month when she moved.

Talk to you later.

-- Bob in WI (bjwick@hotmail.com), January 26, 2002.

Yes, we are on South Central Power.

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (me@home.net), January 26, 2002.

My rates are 10cents first 150 kwh then 5cents. What I have done to to cut down is whenever I see a good deal on the fluorescent bulbs I but them and am slowing replacing all my 60 bulbs with these 14 watt ones should cut down a little. I am not sure how I will come out in the end with the average cost of these bulbs being around $2.50. But should bring the electric bill down some and it also makes me feel good not to being using as much electricity. gail

-- gail missouri ozarks (gef@getgoin.net), January 27, 2002.

Dear Melissa:

Enough to say the electric companies are rediculous, but better than last year when gas was $1.89 a gallon. This year we are on the budget plan at the Energy Coop near Newark, Ohio and we pay $306 a month. Yes, we have computers, many lights, tools like you, and cook quite a lot. I think our washer, dryer, and hot water are the biggest culprits. That and a lack of conscience on the part of the electric company.


-- Sheila (glutz43@alltell.net), January 27, 2002.

Elect cost .11825 per kwh. Average bill is about 60. per month. Everything here is gas [lp] that I can get. Last lp I bought was .57 cents/gallon. Yeah, that's wholesale.

Electric heaters/furnaces, clothes dryers, ranges and water heaters are the biggest energy hogs in the home.

old hoot. Matt.24:44

-- old hoot gibson (hoot@pcinetwork.com), January 27, 2002.

Our kWh is .0046. The monthly charge is $4.50. Our town has its own generating plant which keeps the cost lower. We are fortunate that even though we are out in the country we are still in the same township it serves. Our barn electric service is separate so we do get two monthly charges though. We are in IL.

-- Jean (schiszik@tbcnet.com), January 27, 2002.

We pay 250.00 per month year to even out the summer bills for cooling(Az).I think we have the second highest rates in the country.

-- Roxanne (Roxanne143@webtv.net), January 27, 2002.

I'm charged .09/kwh here. My bill for January is $31.76. This month I conserved 24% over what I used at this place last January which surprised me since I had already been fairly conservative. I've only ran the heat a few hours this winter. Water heater is gas. I have an electric dryer and a stove and diswasher that get used alot. I don't use many lights and all are low wattage. They're not left on if they're not in use. I love these kinds of electric bills, a few years ago I had $300 a month during winter.

-- Dave (something@somewhere.com), January 28, 2002.

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