Factors affecting usage and cost estimation
Your monthly electricity usage and subsequent costs will largely depend on the size of your home and the season. You'll likely see a rise in your electricity bill during warmer and colder months because of increased air conditioner and heater use to maintain comfortable home temperatures. That said, the U.S. Energy Information Administration releases average residential electricity usage and cost information every year. Based on their data from 2015**, some of the average electricity figures for homes in Texas (including regulated and deregulated markets) are as follows:
Remember that bills can vary widely by season. Our Reliant energy experts estimate that a summertime electricity bill for an average Houston, Texas, home of about 2,400 square feet could be around $288, whereas a bill during a month with less extreme temperatures could be as low as $72. The weather in Texas is unpredictable, and house sizes and general energy efficiency vary greatly. Keep that in mind when trying to predict what your future bills might be.
The figures above depict overall averages in Texas. This information, along with The Reliant Bill Estimator® should be used for informational purposes only. Your exact figures will vary depending on the area you live in, the size and age of your home, the age of your appliances, weather conditions and a variety of other factors. For a more in-depth list of factors that could affect your electricity usage, see below.
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People look for tools and tips to help them plan and budget for future utility bills. Utility cost calculators can also help customers see if they are paying more or less than the average consumer.
The Reliant Bill Estimator® calculates only your potential electricity bill, not other utilities like gas or water. If we have enough historical information on the address you enter, we will calculate your estimated monthly electricity bill based on past usage at that address, starting with a 10 cent per kWh price. From there, you can enter the amount you pay per kWh — or the per kWh rate as listed on the site where you are shopping for electricity — and recalculate your estimated monthly costs.
If you don't have the exact address, you can also search by area. This can be helpful if you want to see averages in your neighborhood.
Estimating your electric bill with the Reliant Bill Estimator® can help you make an informed decision about which plan fits your budget and how much you can expect to pay depending on the size and location of your home. Remember that factors like the weather, your own preferences on HVAC use and even landscaping can affect what you will actually pay. Nonetheless, this is a great place to start.