Home Energy Use Guide
Helping Members Make Smart Energy Choices
We pay for electricity in kilowatt-hours (kWhs). Understanding what a kilowatt-hour is and how our heating, cooling, and each of our appliances use them will help White River Valley Electric Cooperative (WRVEC) members make smart energy choices.
What Is A Kilowatt-Hour?
One kilowatt-hour is the equivalent of using 1,000 watts for one hour or using a 100-watt light bulb for 10 hours. While electric rates may vary among electric suppliers, we will use a Missouri average of $0.09 per kilowatt-hour for the examples in this brochure.
When kilowatt-hours add up, electric bills get higher. And kilowatt-hour use is adding up more and more each year. According to statistics, the average family’s use of electricity is increasing at a rate of 4 to 7 percent per year. Therefore, it seems reasonable that if we become more aware of how we use kilowatt-hours, we can learn how to use them more efficiently.
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