How much does your electricity cost?

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Re: How much does your electricity cost?

Post by DenisJ_III » Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:09 pm

In France, as in Spain we also pay for the potential power usage.

My monthly fixed charge is 11.70 euros.

'Normal' units are 15.93 euro cents and 'low-cost' (i.e. overnight) units are 12.52 per kWh, including taxes.

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Re: How much does your electricity cost?

Post by franks59 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:19 pm

Here in Maryland, we have an energy marketplace where you are free to pick and switch providers.
I just switched to a company offering a rate of 7.59 US cents per kWh for electric.


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Re: How much does your electricity cost?

Post by bear » Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:39 pm

We pay per kilowatt ( 9 cents) but there is also a "customer charge" "transition charge" "transmission charge" "distribution charge" "energy efficient charge" "renewable energy charge" that is greater than the cost of the electricity.
Last month, I paid 20 USD for electricity and 30 USD for the additional fees.
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Re: How much does your electricity cost?

Post by Gorn » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:26 am

On the Azores (politically part of Spain's neighbor Portugal) the bill is a little bit confusing as well:
• € 0.1744 per kWh + 18% VAT (Portuguese mainland would be 21%)
• fix € 4.86 + 18% VAT "contracted demand" of 3.45 kVA
• fix € 0.07 + 18% VAT "tax for development" (whatever THAT means)
• € 0.001 per kWh (yes, it's a tenth of a cent) + 18% VAT "consumption contribution"
• fix € 2.85 + 4 % VAT "audio-visual contribution" (guess it's either the price for sending the bill by eMail or, which is more likely, the charge for reading the counter. Monthly (!). Counters are visible from the outside)

That means: fix € 8.78 per month and 20.59 Cents for one kWh, which is very high for a region with an average monthly salary of less than € 1'000.-

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Re: How much does your electricity cost?

Post by BugDog » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:02 pm

Works out to around $0.11/kWh here in KY USA. Gobs of coal and natural gas fired plants up and down the river.
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Re: How much does your electricity cost?

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:25 pm

Average $0.21/kilowatt hour (twenty one cents) in the greater SF Bay Area. This can add up to enormous electricity bills for people who live in the hotter areas near SF due to running air conditioners and other high consumption appliances. Additionally, the smart meters bill extra for usage during peak times. We just use passive systems for cooling.

For perspective, our electricity for a 2100 sq ft home is about $75/month. A colleague who lives in a hotter area has an air conditioner and a swimming pool with electric heater ... $500/month just for electricity. I think I have landed on a new definition of insanity. :D

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Re: How much does your electricity cost?

Post by guitarrista » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:32 pm

In British Columbia, Canada, it is (in Canadian dollars/cents): 8.6 cents/kWh for the first 1350 kWh in a month; 12.9 cents/kWh for each kWh/mo above 1350. Also a daily flat charge of 19 cents/day. Multiply by (currently) 0.78 to convert to US dollars. These are the residential rates.
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Re: How much does your electricity cost?

Post by simonm » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:38 pm

Andrew Pohlman wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:25 pm
...This can add up to enormous electricity bills for people who live in the hotter areas ...
A little aside.
Reminds me of an experience I had on my first visited to Colorado. I was in one of the those "suites" type places which had a coin operated laundry. I got some tokens from reception and the guy asked how many I needed for the drier. I said I would just hang the stuff up. He looked at me as if I had two heads. Everything dried quicker in the room that it would have in the drier yet most people used the drier. The humidity was maybe 20% and the stuff dried almost in your hands taking it out of the washing machine.

Meanwhile back at the ranch… :-)

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