In a region like San Diego, what is the average electric bill every month?
It’s difficult to say because San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) doesn’t make this information readily available (for the reasons explained down below).
However, according to this site, the “average” customer uses roughly 500 kilowatt-hours a month. So if we use that as our baseline, average prices range from $98 to $131 depending on where you live in San Diego.
Why Doesn’t SDG&E Make Average Electric Bill Prices More Public?
San Diego Gas & Electric could make average prices easier to find. But it chooses not to because its utility rates are some of the highest in the country.
The Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) collects and publishes residential utility rates for the entire country. And in most years, SDG&E ranks among the most expensive electricity providers. When it’s not #1, it’s almost always in the top 5.
But it’s usually #1 – often by a ridiculously large margin.
In the first quarter of 2013, for example, the average SDG&E electric bill for 1,000 kWh was a staggering $272. The next most expensive utility provider on JEA’s list charged $202.
And it’s worth mentioning, that SDG&E (like most utilities) continues raising its rates year after year. In fact, in September 2013, some residential electricity customers got hit with 40% price hikes overnight.
If you were paying $100, you were suddenly paying $140.
It’s also worth mentioning that these higher prices don’t translate to higher value. It’s not like SDG&E’s electricity is any better or different from the electricity you might buy in New York, Tokyo, or Paris. Energy is energy. And no matter where you live, if you rely on utility power, you are renting that energy.
How Going Solar Can Lower Your Average Electricity Bill
If you’re cool with paying exorbitant electricity bills every month, then stop reading this. SDG&E provides 12 great opportunities every year to throw away money (and destroy the planet).
However, by going solar today, you can reduce your reliance on fossil fuel and utility power. In fact, with a large enough installation, you can reduce your monthly electricity bill to $0. Some even manage to push their electricity bills into the negative (it’s true).
Let’s put some numbers behind this.
If you’re paying $131 every month for utility power, you’ll end up spending nearly $16,000 over the next 10 years. And this assumes that utility rates don’t go up (which they most certainly will).
However, if you install a solar PV system that costs $10,000, it’s possible to eliminate all utility charges for the next 25 – 40 years (25 years is the minimum lifetime warranty that comes with most solar installations, but many installations last much longer).
Based on these numbers, it would take you about 6 years for your monthly savings to exceed the $10,000 you initially paid for your solar installation. This is a fairly accurate payback period – especially in a region like San Diego that has tons of sunshine and crazy expensive utility rates. And the payback period only shrinks as utility rates go up.
That you’re also saving the planet is simply icing on the cake.
It’s a pretty sweet deal.
Give us a call today and we’ll help make your average electric bill $0 a month (for the next 25 – 40 years).
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