Sample Utility Bills
Vital Information: What you need to know to switch
- Generation Charges - The key charge, what you're paying for electricity itself. If you switch, this is what you'll be buying from a new supplier.
- Account Number (or customer number) - Keep this handy, as you'll need it to switch. No change after you switch suppliers.
Useful Information: What will help you shop and compare
- Price to Compare (PTC) - Some utilities list this on the bill, some don't. It's the price you are paying for the generation and transmission portion on your bill. You can use it for direct comparison to different suppliers' pricing.
PECO - Price to Compare
PPL - Price to Compare
- Usage Information - A breakdown of how much electricity you've been using, usually broken down month-by-month, year-to-date, and compared to last year. This is useful in estimating how much you'll save by switching.
Trivial Information: What DOES NOT change when you switch
Customer Charge - a monthly flat fee from your utility for providing service.
Transmission Charge - charges for long distance transmission of the electricity you've used.
Distribution Charge - charges for local delivery of the electricity you've used
State Tax Adjustment - a charge or credit for changes in State taxes.