How to Compare the Cost of Electricity

electricity and its cost

If you are a small business owner then you should know all about electricity and its cost. Electricity is one of the biggest components of any utility bill and the cost of this commodity is what makes many businesses go out of business every year. In fact, in some states the cost of electricity is more expensive than the taxes that are required to be paid. The following article will take a closer look at how electricity is regulated and explained in an easy-to-understand manner.

In terms of total power consumption per month, the United States is currently the fourth largest electricity user in the world, only behind Russia and Saudi Arabia. Power consumption varies greatly depending on how much electricity you use and where you live, so lets look at average power consumption and average electricity prices in each state first. This will help give you a good starting point when researching how electricity is regulated in your area. Now that you have an idea of how electricity is consumed in your area, you can research how regulation affects you, your business, and your consumers. In this article I will discuss a few areas that are most commonly regulated in the United States.

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Every utility company in the United States must submit an estimate of their kwh per month, how they will distribute that cost, and what the rates will be for residential and commercial customers. Estimates of consumption are also required by each individual county, which helps keep you informed on your electricity cost. Electricity distribution is divided into three different types: widespread, central, and local. When considering your consumption or your area, be sure to get an estimate of how many kwh per month you will be expected to pay. This is very important, especially if you are buying residential solar power, wind energy, or any other type of green energy.

Once you have determined how much you are expected to spend on your monthly electricity costs, you can then multiply that amount by 12 to get a rough estimate of how many kilowatt-hours you will use in a year. Now that you know how many kilowatt-hours you are currently consuming, you can calculate how many kilowatt-hours you would need to consume in order to break even or begin saving money on your energy bill. The number of kilowatt-hours needed in order to save money is called a reserve margin, or RMS, and is the amount of energy needed to bring your power back up to a level at which your power company will still pay you. Your reserve margin will depend on a number of factors, such as how many kilowatt-hours you are consuming now and how much more you plan to use in the near future; but in general, your reserve margin will be around 100 kilowatt-hours.

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Now that you have your kilowatt-hours needed to balance your current power use with the amount that you would like to use, you can determine how many kilowatt-hours you would like to use each month. You can do this by figuring out your annual consumption for basic services and then multiplying that by the number of days in a year. If you have three days per week that you use a significant amount of electricity, then you may want to consider a larger reserve margin. However, if you only use five days per week and your power needs only during the odd hours, you may not need a large reserve margin at all.

In order to calculate your effective electricity rate, take the total number of kilowatt-hours that you consume in a year and divide it by the number of kilowatt-hours you plan to use in a year. For example, if you assume a steady consumption of twenty kilowatt-hours per week, you would then calculate your effective rate at twenty cents per kilowatt-hour. This is the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate for electricity. Most electric companies calculate the Consumer Price Index (CPI) based on an average of all advertised rates for all gas and electricity services in a state. Once you understand the effect that your electricity usage has on your utility expenses, you can begin to curb your usage so that your monthly electric bills are lower.

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