Understanding Your Bill
Think your power bill is too high? Consider this:
Days of Use
True Electric Bill
• Service fees
• Past-due amounts
• Charges for products or services
• State and local taxes
• Sales tax rates
• County franchise fees
The Meter is Always Running
How much energy does the average home use?
Will I be compensated for my power being out?
No. For reasons that can be technical, physical, or acts of God, WFEC cannot guarantee uninterrupted energy to your home or business. While the power is out, no electricity is being consumed, so your meter does not register any consumption for billing. Upon restoration, none of your appliances will consume more energy than usual.
If you, or any member of your household, have a condition that requires electric power, it is your responsibility to have a back-up plan. That plan may include moving to another location where power is available or utilizing a generator during power outages.
Remember that in a time of catastrophic loss of electric power such as during a hurricane, there may be no electricity flowing anywhere within 100 miles.
Why does WFEC recommend not using heat-generating appliances during the hottest part of the day in the summer?
WFEC recommends using heat-generating appliances during the coolest part of the day (early morning/late evening) so that they don’t compete with your air conditioning system. Appliances like stove tops, dishwashers and ovens generate heat and can compete with air conditioners to keep the indoor air from staying cool. This helps reduce cooling costs.
What are some tips to keep my home cooler by using appliances wisely?
- Avoid baking or broiling on hot days. Only use stove tops when necessary. Keep lids on pots to hold in heat.
- Use microwaves to cook or choose meals that don’t require cooking – sandwiches, salads, chilled soups, or grilling.
- Wash clothes and run the dishwasher after the sun goes down. Washers, dryers and dishwashers produce humidity, which can make the air inside your home feel uncomfortable. When you use them, use cool water instead of warm.
- Trade incandescent light bulbs, which burn hot, for energy-efficient LED or compact fluorescent bulbs, which produce little heat.
- Turn off TV sets and lamps when you’re not using them. Some appliances use electricity even when they’re turned off. This can add up to $150 to electric bills annually. Unplug items that are not used frequently.
- Keep the temperature of refrigerators between 38 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and freezers at about 5 degrees. Refrigerators that run inefficiently emit more heat.
- Defrost freezers before ice builds up. Ice-laden freezer walls make the unit work inefficiently.
- Run kitchen exhaust fans when cooking in the summer, and turn on bathroom fans about 15 minutes before hopping in the shower. This helps rid the house of humid air.