Meter Reading Chart
Plan your energy budget
Remember, SLEMCO's meter readers are not the only people allowed to read your meter. You can, too, so take advantage of it and plan your electric bills!
Let's say you want a summer electric bill that is no more than $150. Here's a formula you can use to figure out how many kilowatt hours you can use to achieve that goal.
$150 divided by .081 (all electric) = 1,852 kWh • 1,852 kWh divided by 30 days = 62 kWh/day
$150 divided by .083 (regular residential) = 1,807 kWh • 1,829 divided by 30 days = 60 kWh/day
Once you know how many kilowatt hours you can use each day to achieve your goal, read your meter daily to make sure you use only the amount of electricity you want each day. Then, on really hot days, you can make an informed decision on whether or not to use more air conditioning. You'll also know what to expect on your next bill if you keep track of your electric usage.
By the way, this formula can be used in winter to control heating costs, too.
Kilowatt Hour Usage Chart
To calculate the exact usage of any electrical item, divide the wattage by 1,000. Multiply that figure by the number of hours run per month to get kWh per month.
Example: A 100 watt light bulb runs 300 hours per month (10 hours per day). 100 divided by 1,000 equals .1 kWh per hour. If the bulb is used for 300 hours per month the total kWh per month is 300 x .1 = 30 kWh per month. To calculate the dollar figure, multiply 30 x 7.4 cents per kilowatt hour ($2.22).
| Coffee Maker|| .2 kWh per hour|
| Dishwasher|| 4.3 kWh per use|
| Freezer|| 180 kWh per month|
| Microwave Oven|| 1 kWh per hour|
| Range|| 100 kWh per month|
| Refrigerator|| 180 kWh per month|
| Toaster|| 3.3 kWh per month|
| Toaster Oven|| .5 kWh per hour|
| Garbage Disposal|| 2.5 kWh per month|
| Water Heating|
| Number of People in Household|| Average kWh Usage Per Month|
| 1|| 117 kWh|
| 2|| 202 kWh|
| 3|| 287 kWh|
| 4|| 374 kWh|
| 5|| 456 kWh|
| 6|| 541 kWh|
| Home Entertainment|
| Radio (3 hours per day)|| 7 kWh per month|
| Television (3 hours per day)|| 33 kWh per month|
| Clock|| 1.4 kWh per month|
| Heating Pad|| .06 kWh per hour|
| Light Bulb|| .1 kWh per hour|
| Well Pump|| 1 kWh per hour|
| Pool Pump|| 1 kWh per hour|
| Air Conditioning (Assumption: 12 SEER)|
| 1 Ton|| 1 kWh per hour|
| 2 Tons|| 2 kWh per hour|
| 3 Tons|| 3 kWh per hour|
| 4 Tons|| 4 kWh per hour|
| 5 Tons|| 5 kWh per hour|
Average number of hours an air conditioner operates per year in our climate: 1,820 hours
Poorly running equipment or setting the thermostat below 78 degrees will increase your air conditioning usage.
| Dryer||4 kWh per load |
| Iron (1 1/2 hour per week)|| .5 kWh per month|
| Washer (hot wash, warm rinse)|| 4.5 kWh per use|
| Washer (hot wash, cold rinse)||2.8 kWh per use |
| Washer (warm wash, warm rinse)||3.5 kWh per use |
| Washer (warm wash, cold rinse)|| 1.9 kWh per use|
| Washer (cold wash, cold rinse)|| .3 kWh per use|