Utility bills on the rise in Sacramento region, here’s what you can do

Are you noticing that your electricity bill is much higher lately? Well, it’s not just because it has been cold outside and you have been running your heater more.

On Jan. 1, rates increased across the state for several public utility companies thanks to a vote last year from the California Public Utilities Commission.

The vote and its impact was outlined in the Los Angeles Times:

“The commission adopted a plan for two price tiers for residential customers, with a 25% price increase as households use more power. Currently, prices more than double in many locations as heavy users use more electricity. A higher premium will remain in place for a much smaller percentage of customers under a new “super-user electricity surcharge,” designed to penalize energy guzzling and encourage conservation.”

In recent months, many utility customers in the Sacramento region have complained about a drastic spike in their bills.

If you have been dealing with this, one of the things you can do is try to not use large appliances during peak hours of the day (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Instead, try to wash clothes and dishes in the morning or late evening. This may help some. You can also speak to your utility company about paying the average of your energy use instead of your actual monthly usage.

If you’re looking into going solar and are dealing with paying your electric company hundreds of dollars per month, we’d like to help you out. As the cost of traditional electricity goes up, you will save more and more money with solar power. If you were to install a 3kW system, for example, it would produce an average of about 450kW a month. The average household uses around 900kW a month, meaning it would cut your bill in half. If you installed a higher kW system, you could save even more each month.

If you want an actual figure on how much you can save by going solar, we can help you out with that as well! Aztec Solar gives you the opportunity to calculate how much you can save with solar in just nine seconds. To calculate your savings, visit utilitypaymentsavings.com.

If you have any further questions, give us a call at 916.853.2700.

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