volume 67 - issue 10 - October 2017
You may have noticed a change in your bill
Does your bill look a little different? If we installed a smart meter at your home or business, you have new information printed on your bill.
All residential and commercial accounts that have smart meters will have bills that show both kWh used and excess kWh produced. (See the sample bill below.) The amount of energy supplied by SMECO is printed in the "Forward kWh" column. If you generate solar or wind energy, the amount of energy produced in excess of what you used will be printed in the "Reverse kWh" column. If you don't have solar panels, the amount of energy produced will be zero, and 0 will be printed in the "Reverse kWh" column.
kWh and kW demand
One kilowatt (kW) is simply 1,000 watts, which is a measure of power or "demand." A kilowatt-hour (kWh) is a measure of energy use over time. So a 1,000-watt drill demands 1,000 watts (one kW) of power to make it work, and it uses one kilowatt-hour (one kWh) of energy in an hour.
All SMECO customers are billed for the amount of energy used in a month, but some customers are also billed for demand. Large customers are charged for demand because of the equipment and facilities required to serve them. For comparison, an average home may have a demand of 10 to 14 kW during the month; a fast food restaurant may have a demand of 135 kW; and a large retail store may have a monthly demand of 500 kW.