Your electric meter shows how many kilowatt hours (kWh) you use. By reading it regularly, you can monitor your energy use.
Reading my meter
TEP's meters show a running total of kWh that have been used since the meter was installed.
To determine how much energy you have used since your last billing period, subtract the reading shown on your previous bill from the figure displayed on the meter. Then, multiply the difference by the multiplier found on your electric bill. (This second step isn’t really necessary for most residential customers, whose multiplier is usually “1.” However, commercial meters may have large multipliers.)
For example, subtracting a previous reading of 05620 from the reading displayed above (06312), then multiplying the answer by “1,” would show that you’ve used 692 kWh since your last reading.
Some of our meters occasionally display a screen showing all possible character segments (see below). This “character check” is displayed only briefly before the typical kWh display is restored.
A "kWh" or kilowatt-hour, is 1,000 watt-hours, the standard measurement for electricity consumption. For example, a single 100-watt bulb will use up 1 kWh after 10 hours. At a kWh rate of $0.08, the cost to light that 100-watt bulb for 10 hours would be $0.08. To better understand your electricity usage, check out Energy Tips.
Your current month's kWh usage is calculated by subtracting the previous month's meter read from this month's meter read.
Your current bill statement lists the date that your meter will be read the following month and the date that it was read for your most recent billing cycle.
Simple adjustments to your usage patterns and the installation of energy-efficiency devices can reduce your power service consumption and lower your electric bill. Our Energy Tips will show you how to be a power saver.
Your energy usage will fluctuate with the seasons and can even vary from month to month. Our Budget Billing program eliminates the guesswork of monthly electricity bills by estimating your annual bill and allowing you to pay the same amount every month.