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Understanding Your Electric Bill: Maitland Electrician

These days, most homes have all electric appliances and the power company charges per kilowatt hour based on the usage of those appliances. In a typical mid-sized, 3-bedroom home with 2 bathrooms, here is a list of most of the appliances and the wattage ratings* of each one:

  • Electric Furnace – 10,050 watts
  • Air Conditioner – 3,500 watts
  • Owen – 2,500 watts
  • Cook Top – 1,500 watts
  • Microwave-  1,000 watts
  • Refrigerator-  750 watts
  • Dishwasher-  1,500 watts
  • Garbage Disposal – 350 watts
  • Portable Oven – 1,500 watts
  • Deep Freezer – 750 watts
  • Water Heater – 3,500 watts
  • Washing Machine – 750 watts
  • Dryer – 3,500 watts
  • Portable Heater – 1,500 watts
  • Ceiling Fans – 250 watts
  • Television – 30 watts
  • Hair Dryer – 1,500 watts
  • Pool Pump – 1,500 watts
  • Typical Light Bulb – 60 watts

Now, here are some examples on how kilowatt hours are determined:

  1. A 10,000-watt furnace runs for 1 hour, you will pay for 10 kilowatt hours.
  2. A 3,500-watt A/C runs for 1 hour, you will pay 3.5 kilowatt hours.
  3.  A 100-watt light bulb will have to be on for 10 hours before you will pay for 1 kilowatt hour.
  4.  A 60-watt light bulb will have to on for 16.5 hours before you pay for a single kilowatt hour.

 

In Seminole County, Progress Energy (now known as Duke Energy) services most of the residents. Below, is their basic residential rate schedule structure based on kilowatt hour usage.

  • First 1000 kilowatts – 7.05 cents per KWH
  • Over 1000 kilowatts – 8.28 cents per KWH
  • Fuel Charge – 3.39 cents per KWH
  • Over 1000 kilowatts – 4.39 cents per KWH
  • Base Rate Effectively – 10.43 cents per KWH
  • Over 100 KWH – 12.67 cents per KWH

There is also a customer charge of $8.76 per month, then gross receipts tax and county utility taxes. Most of the homes in the mid-ranged size have electric bills in the $200-$300 range per month. Now, when you add up all of the charges for the average medium sized 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home, you are really paying 12 to 13 cents per kilowatt hour of electrical consumption.

Normally, heat-related appliances cost more than non-heat-related appliances. Other than your heat and air conditioner, most other appliances run in intermittent cycles or for a short use, like a toaster, coffee pot, or microwave. If it were to take 10 minutes to heat up your toast, then you can use that toaster 8 times before you pay for a single kilowatt hour at 12 cents.

These days, utility meters are more reliable, but if you want to read your meter, then you can find out the billing cycle and read it on the first and last day of the cycle to get the most accurate results for monthly consumption. Whether you take it upon yourself to look into your energy consumption or you simply call a qualified Maitland electrician to survey your home, it is important for you to know exactly how you can save money and understand your electric bill, saving money each month.

* The list of appliances and ratings may vary slightly depending upon the brand and settings.

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Your Home: The Energy Efficient Version

With the high cost of living today and the huge expenses associated with running a household, there are many things that you can do to reduce your energy bills. For example, simply installing good insulation in your attic, such as R-30, will help make a significant difference in your energy usage. Compact fluorescent bulbs and LED lights will last a lot longer, use much less wattage for the same light output, and reduce heat considerably inside your Maitland, FL home; all factors that lead to lowering your bill each month. (more…)

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Your Circuit Panel and Main Electrical Disconnect

You may have an outdated, non-UL rated circuit panel and main disconnect. If you notice your lights flickering, or getting dim when you use large appliances, you may have a problem with the main or branch circuits. If you have ever felt the circuit breakers and noticed that they are hot, you most likely are having a problem with the point of connection lugs or contact surface of the interval tripping mechanism of the actual breaker.

Over the years, there have been many different circuit panels that were discontinued, but two, specifically, are notorious in the electrical industry because they lost their UL rating and are no longer used. These two are the Federal Pacific and Zinsco, both of which have been known to have a much higher rate of problematic activity, such as overheating, and even fires. (more…)

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