It seems that a lot of the drilling for natural gas has caused prices to drop nationwide. However, our electricity bill seemed to keep going up. Rate increases are announced by the electricity suppliers. They have to get approval to raise their rates. Of course they do get the approval. The per kilowatt hour price may only increase by a tiny fraction, but you use a lot of kilowatts of energy in the average home nowadays. My wife found a website that had options to sign up with other energy providers that had lower per kilowatt hour prices. We just needed to understand the fine print.
We had no minimum usage requirements for our current energy provider. The company that had a lower rate did. However, that was not a problem. I looked at the bills going back two years and we consistently met the minimum kilowatt usage every month. In fact, we exceeded it by a good margin. There was no worry about dropping below the threshold and paying a fee. There was a term agreement too. Not a problem, especially considering we need the electricity. It’s not like we would go without it. After reading the fine print on the website, we saw that we could have a significant monthly savings on our electricity bill if we switched.
Our minimum monthly usage of electricity went over the threshold even when we were on vacation. We have a swimming pool with a pump, a heated spa, a large aquarium and plenty of security and landscaping lights. Stuff is running every day even when we are not here. The air conditioning costs are what really drive up the bill. It costs a lot for heating and cooling for any home. I think it is important to save where you can even if you do not have difficulty making ends meet. If you do, then it is even more critical to save money on energy costs.