What does it electricity really cost?
The next time you look at your electric bill, do yourself a favor and look at more than the amount you’re actually paying. Look at the amount of electricity you’re being charged for. The monthly average energy usage for American homes is 903 kilowatt hours (kWh) and the monthly average cost is $107. One kilowatt hour is equal to 1000 watts for a one hour period. To give you some idea of how much power this actually is, one kWh can power a vacuum for 1 hour or a television for 10 hours.
The problem with looking at average energy consumption and cost is that different locations vary greatly in terms of energy usage and cost. Maine uses the least energy with an average of 531 kWh per month and Louisiana uses the most with an average of 1,245 kWh per month. Cost is just as variable, with residents of Hawaii paying the most at $203 per month and New Mexicans paying the least at $75 per month. Unfortunately, Florida is on the higher end of the spectrum in terms of both energy consumption and costs, using 1081 kWh and paying $123.49. This really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise; I’m sure I don’t have to remind you of our reliance on air condition during our sweltering summers.
So what does this all mean for you? It means that you should pay attention to how much you are paying for energy, a resource that is available on your roof year-round. Floridians are paying more per month than some states with similar energy usage meaning that we are being charged more per kWh than some states. Being on the higher end of the spectrum in terms of usage and costs makes alternative sources of energy a more feasible option than in states where energy is less used and cheaper. The amount you pay per kWh is unavoidable unless you’re planning on moving. That’s why taking advantage of solar energy and decreasing the number of kWh provided by the energy company is in your best interest. It’s time to start saving.
If you’re interested in solar power, give us a call and we’ll discuss your personal situation and energy goals and come up with a plan for your home or business. It’s time to go green and start saving on energy costs.