CVEC uses Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) - aka smart meters. Smart meters record energy near real-time, and report regularly, short intervals throughout the day. This information is available in your SmartHub account and can be used to get an accurate picture of your energy usage. Comparing the current month, or month of particular concern, with the same months in the past years will help you see the bigger energy picture.
There are many factors that play a role in your home’s energy usage. Use this website Touchstone Home Adventure to enter information about your home to identify the best ways to save energy and discover resources to make those savings happen. Additional sites to visit for information on saving energy in your home are Home Energy Saver and Save Energy, Save Money.
Another factor to consider when looking at higher electric bills, is the weather. Up to 50% of a home’s energy bill is attributable to heating and cooling. Homes that heat with electricity are affected the most by weather. But even fossil fuel heating systems will experience higher electric consumption during colder weather conditions because of longer air handler run times.
Even though there is not much we can do about the weather, being aware of how it affects your energy usage can help save money. SmartHub shows members average daily temperatures and can be used to track the trends of the differing temperatures affecting your energy consumption.
If you have reviewed the above information and still feel that you may have a deeper problem, please call our office at 325-655-6957. We can discuss your usage and concerns. If we cannot come to a conclusion, an energy audit** may be warranted to determine the next steps.
**Currently, CVEC is not doing energy audits out of abundance of caution in regard to Covid-19.
For more information, please contact Member Services at:
Concho Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc.
E-Mail: Stacy Walter