I was surprised to receive my first bill from Seattle City Light on Saturday. The bill was only $27.01, $16 of which was listed as “Account Setup”—I guess it takes quite a bit of effort to type a new name and phone number in the billing system.
This bill covers service from April 15 to May 22, 197 kWh at $0.0376 per for $7.41 in actual energy cost. The remaining $3.60 is the “base service charge,” which covers who knows what.
The little “Compare Your Electricity Usage” graph shows a bit over 5 kWh daily average consumption, which matches the 37-day billing cycle and the total kWh used.
I was surprised by the low billed amount because I had the impression that electric service within the city limits was stupidly expensive. I haven’t yet determined if the amount seems so low because it actually isn’t that expensive within the Seattle City Light area, or because of the changes in my household since I moved in mid-April:
- I don’t have a washer or dryer in my apartment now—I use the building’s laundry room or go to a laundromat, so I usually do laundry every week and a half or two weeks
- I work a graveyard schedule Mon-Fri, so I’m usually only home for a couple of hours when I’d need artificial light
- Stove is electric but I’ve been using my gas grill a couple times each week lately
- I’ve run the dishwasher twice that I can recall outright, so probably four times total—less than once per week in the six weeks plus I’ve lived in the new apartment
Probably a combination of these factors and the short billing cycle this time around. Looks like Seattle City Light uses a bi-monthly billing cycle like I had with Snohomish County PUD. I’ll be curious to see how my next City Light bill comes out.