Energy Guide: Know What You’re Spending on Your Bills
Written by: Jennifer Arcia
When it comes to bills, whether it’s natural gas or electricity, people often overlook the billing information. They don’t really know what they’re paying for or why the prices are so high or so low. Instead, they just pay the bill to get it over with. However, it is important to thoroughly analyze your natural gas and electricity bills, as well as understand them. Analyzing and understanding your bills brings you one step closer to controlling and reducing your energy expenses. Look at your bills to save you dollar bills!
SoCal Edison has a Tiered Rate Plan which is divided into three categories: Tier 1, Tier 2, and the High Usage Tier. The tier you fall into depends on how your usage compares to your monthly baseline. The summer baseline for Bell Gardens is 322 kWh, while for Montebello the summer baseline is 428 kWh. Both baselines begin June and end September. As for winter, the Bell Gardens baseline is 282 kWh, while the Montebello baseline is 329 kWh. Both baselines begin October and continue until May.
If your energy consumption is under the baseline allocation, you fall under Tier 1 and pay 17¢/kWh. If you use more energy than the baseline allocation, meaning 101-400%, your rate climbs to Tier 2, which is 25¢/kWh. Lastly, although a rare phenomena, if you exceed more than 400% of the baseline allocation, your rate climbs up to the High Usage Tier where the rate is 35¢/kWh.
SoCal Gas (SCG), like SoCal Edison, has a Tiered Rate Plan of its own. However, the Tiered Rate Plan for SoCal Gas is divided into two categories: Tier 1 and Tier 2. As mentioned above, the tier you fall into depends on how your usage compares to your monthly baseline. The summer baseline, starting May and continuing until October, for SCG is 15 therms, while the winter baseline, starting November and continuing until April, is 55 therms. The summer and winter baselines apply to both Bell Gardens and Montebello.
If your energy consumption is under the baseline allocation, you fall under Tier 1. Tier 1 charges you 85¢/therm. However, if you surpass the baseline allocation, meaning more than 100%, your rate climbs up to Tier 2, which is $1.18/therm.