Most business customer have two components on their bills:
- Total electricity used for the month. If your business has chosen an alternate supplier, they may bill you separately for this portion of your bill.
- The highest recorded demand during the month. This charge will appear on your PPL Electric Utilities bill regardless of whether you have chosen an alternate supplier.
You can save money by reducing your total electricity use, your maximum demand, or both. PPL Electric Utilities offers programs and information to help you manage your energy use and reduce your bill.
About total electricity use
Your electricity use is the total amount of electricity you use during the month. The more energy-efficient your equipment and the more conservative you are about running your equipment, the less total electricity you’ll use.
Think of it like driving a car. How much you drive and the type and age of your car will determine how much in total you spend on gasoline per month. A hybrid car will use much less electricity than an older, larger vehicle. Similarly, drivers who accelerate quickly will use more gas than those who accelerate at a more gradual pace. Even if you can’t replace your equipment today, you may be able to power it down when it is not needed to save energy.
To reduce your total electricity usage:
- Check out the rebates and incentive programs we have available for our business customers. You may be able to install energy efficiency measures with little out-of-pocket costs.
- Buy the most energy-efficient equipment and lighting possible for your business.
- Power down equipment, including computers and lights, when they are not needed.
Understanding demand charges
Want to reduce your electric bill? Customers often overlook demand charges. Once you understand the demand component, you’ll be able to take simple steps to help your business save.
Business customers typically have two components to their bill: How much electricity they use (usage) and the speed at which electricity is used (demand). Demand is the highest rate you use electricity in 15 minutes. In other words, it’s the maximum rate at which you’re drawing electricity during the month.
Consider these two examples:
Example 1: Higher Demand Charge
10 Cars Total
All 10 traveling at precisely 1 p.m.
Usage: 10 cars
Demand: 10-lane superhighway
Example 2: Lower Demand Charge
10 Cars Total
Traveling one at a time, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Usage: 10 cars
Demand: One-lane road
Some tips for reducing demand:
- One at a time. If possible, turn on your equipment piece by piece, allowing 15 to 20 minutes between each. Don’t turn on everything at once.
- Use standby mode. Keep unneeded office equipment, like copiers and printers, in energy-saving standby mode – or, better yet, turned off – when they aren’t being used.
- Lights out. Make sure lights are turned off in unused spaces like restrooms and conference rooms. Install occupancy sensors that will turn the lights on and off automatically. Open curtains and blinds and use sunlight where possible.
- Cycle your equipment. Use an energy-management system to schedule equipment and building system operations. Prevent high-energy use equipment from operating at the same time by installing automatic sequencers on the equipment power supply.