Billing is every 60 days - from October 20th to today, the cost is $773 for 6,582kWHs! November wasn't even that cold! BCHydro breaks the rate down into a step 1 and step 2 rates. It's meant to encourage conservation, which might work for homes that have alternative heat sources (my community has a lot of wood heat), but for homes with electric heat, the rate jump is pretty brutal.
- Step 1: $0.08290 /kW.h for the first 1,350kW hours
- Step 2: $0.12430 /kW.h for the rest.
The home we're in now is closer to 3,300 square feet - a fair bit larger. We have all LED lighting, the thermostats are set to 17 or 18 degrees during the day and closer to 15 in the evening. We have put up insulating plastic on all of our windows and have rolled up towels at the bottom of our doors for draft reduction. We hang up most of our clothes and cloth diapers to dry, and wash them using cold water.
Given the temperatures, I'm now expecting the bill for December 20th through to the end of February is going to be closer to $1,000. I'm not too sure what else I can do to manage the cost.
Do you guys do anything other than what I mentioned to save money on electric heat? Are our rates here, more or less then the electric rates that you pay?