About the SMECO Net Metering Bill

Using your mouse, hover over items of the bill to see more information. For more information about SMECO’s rates, read the Retail Electric Service Tariff or visit the Standard Offer Service page.

Bill Item Explanation
MAILING ADDRESS The billing address as it appears in SMECO’s records. For address changes, call SMECO at 1-888-440-3311, or log in to Account Manager and update your mailing information.
ACCOUNT NUMBER Identifies your account. Please use this number on all payments and correspondence.
BILLING PERIOD Denotes the dates and number of days covered by the bill.
METER MULTIPLIER For accounts that use large amounts of electricity, meters register a percentage of the actual kilowatt-hour (kWh) usage to keep the meters from operating at excessive speeds. A meter multiplier is then used to determine the total kWh usage.
NEXT APPROXIMATE DATE TO READ METER The approximate date of the next meter reading. The time between readings can vary from 27 to 34 days if a reading date falls on a weekend or holiday.
SERVICE ADDRESS A short location description of your account.
METER NUMBER A serial number that identifies the meter used at the location.
METER READINGS The meter reading from the last billing period is subtracted from the meter reading for the current billing period to determine how much energy was used during the month.
RATE Indicates which rate schedule the customer is billed under.
ACCOUNT SUMMARY Summarizes billing and payment activity at the time the bill was issued.
FACILITIES CHARGE A fixed monthly charge for facilities required to serve customers, including billing and payment processing, and electric service and metering facilities.
DISTRIBUTION CHARGE The charge for the cost of building, operating, and maintaining SMECO’s electric system (poles, conductors, substations, buildings, vehicles, etc.). The charge is based on the amount of electricity the customer uses each month.
ELECTRIC UNIVERSAL SERVICE CHARGE A charge instituted by the State of Maryland to assist low- and fixed-income electric customers.
ENERGY USAGE HISTORY This chart gives 13-month energy usage data.
TOTAL AMOUNT DUE The total amount that you owe for the month.
BILL STABILIZATION ADJUSTMENT This adjustment helps ensure that SMECO revenues to cover fixed costs will not be adversely affected by abnormal weather or energy usage. This adjustment is either a charge or a credit, depending on whether revenues fall short or exceed an average monthly level.
PAYMENT OPTIONS You have multiple ways to pay your bill. Just choose the one that’s most convenient for you.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIPS Your bill is based on the amount of energy you use, and most energy use is based on the weather because most of it is used for heating or cooling your home. Look here for ways to save energy so you can save money.
USAGE COMPARISON Compare your current month’s usage to the same month last year.
DAILY AVERAGE USE See how many kilowatt-hours you used on average each day during the billing period.
CONTACT INFORMATION Use the phone numbers to contact SMECO with questions or report an outage.
IMPORTANT ACCOUNT INFORMATION Details about your account may be found here.
LAST PAYMENT RECEIVED Includes the amount that you last paid and the date SMECO received it.
DUE DATE Pay your bill by this date to avoid late fees.
MESSAGE BOARD Find tips on saving energy and information about SMECO programs.
DID YOU KNOW? SMECO provides helpful information about your account, services, programs, energy efficiency, and more.
TOTAL CURRENT CHARGES AND ADJUSTMENTS This amount will be printed on the front of the bill in the account summary section.
NET METER SUMMARY The Forward kWh (kWhF) shows the amount of energy used that was supplied by SMECO. Reverse kWh (kWhR) shows the amount of energy produced by your solar panels in excess of what was used.
MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERS Customer-members who wish to help their neighbors in need of assistance can sign up for this program to have $1, $5, or $10 added to their bill each month. The Tri-County Community Action Committee administers the assistance program to help residents pay their electric bills. Call SMECO at 1-888-440-3311 or submit your request online to sign up.
STORMSENTRY An optional program for customers that provides whole-house surge protection for large appliances. Call SMECO at 1-888-440-3311 for more information.

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