Here is a snapshot of our electricity bill for the month of March.
That’s slightly on the lower end of our bill spectrum, but the average is not very far from that amount. Probably around $48. I am trying to find the lowest bill we ever had (I think it was around $38)…but in all probability, I might have shredded it already.
This is for an all-electric apartment (so no gas usage at all). It’s not like the retail electricity price is low in this area…it’s about 9.28 cents per kWh (see the number under “Rate” in the image). It’s just that we tend to use less electricity (by the virtue of grad school timings, our small but sufficient apartment, all CF lights, and our lifestyle).
Assuming that we keep consuming around 500 kWh (the “Usage” in the image above is the electricity used in kilowatt-hour or kWh), our annual electricity consumption can be estimated to be around 6000 kWh.According to this report by the Department of Energy (it’s a bit old with stats for 2001, but that’s the latest one if I am not wrong), the average household consumes about 10,654 kWh of electricity per year. So we are using just 56% of the national average consumption.
For comparison, according to some alleged reports, Al Gore’s energy consumption last year was around 200,000 kWh. At our present rate of consumption, it will take us about 33 years to use that much electricity.How much is your electricity bill? Are you bring the national electricity consumption average down or are you pulling it up?