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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 .091 (all electric) = 1,648 kWh • 1,648 divided by 30 days = 55 kWh/day

$150 divided by .095 (regular residential) = 1,579 kWh • 1,579 divided by 30 days = 53 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.

Usage Chart

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).

 Cooking
 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

 

 Miscellaneous
 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.

 Laundry
 Dryer4 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