How much do I pay for electricity?

So I’ve been looking at my own transaction information with Maritime Electric, pulled using the code I posted yesterday and here are some of the things I’ve learned:

  • Over the last 11 years we’ve paid $13,457.99 for electricity for our home in total.
  • The most we’ve ever paid for a month’s worth of electricity is $202.68 in February, 2003. That was the winter of a very bad series of winter snow and ice storms that caused ice build-up on our roof; one way we tried to mitigate the damage was with heating cables on our roof, which we ran pretty-well full-time for a month.
  • Later in the spring of 2003 we were in Spain from May 3 to 17, 2003; our bill for the month covering that period was only $21.13, the lowest bill we’ve ever had (which isn’t quite as “we used almost nothing” as it seems because we’d paid an “estimated bill” the month before of $148.34 which was presumably inflated by the expectations our February demand placed on the amount).
  • We use more electricity in February (average of $114/month) than in any other month; in June our average usage ($68/month) is almost half of that.
  • I consider myself a pretty “pay my bills on time” kind of guy most months, but I’ve managed to accumulate almost $100 in interest charges due to late payments over the last 11 years.
  • We contributed just over $700 to the Green Power Program that started in 2001 (I cancelled our contribution back in August; I figure wind power has enough legs to stand on its own now).


Joel Ives's picture
Joel Ives on May 5, 2011 - 20:20 Permalink

Great Stuff Peter ! This is a tool that is great for our business to use for clients to have on hand. A programmer friend of mine in the states showed me his Google Power Meter once and I forwared it to someone at Maritime Elec but might have been over their head…

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on May 5, 2011 - 22:26 Permalink

Maritime Electric is, in my experience so far, actually pretty smart on the IT side of things.&#160 They don’t always get the usability right, but their online customer systems do contain a lot of good information, and I believe they’re willing to evolve them if there’s customer demand.