Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Smart Consuming - Electricity Rate Information

Wondering how your electric bill compares with someone who lives in a different part of the country or uses a different utility than you? The Utility Rate Database (URDB) allows you to search the rates of nearly 3,500 utilities by zip code or utility name. According to the Utilities Gateway, you can now "find out exactly how you are charged for your electric energy usage. Understanding this information can help reduce your bill, for example, by running your appliances during off-peak hours (times during the day when electricity prices are less expensive) and help you make more informed decisions regarding your energy usage."

For more ways to evaluate and reduce your energy consumption, check out the library's Green Building Resource Center series, made possible by a generous donation from the Green Building Resource Center (GBRC).

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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