When I review my electric bill from Wallingford Electric one of the interesting things I always consider is what they presume is average use for a Wallingford resident. They have it listed as 700 kWH. I realize that I have electric heat and electric hot water so I don’t know what a more “nominal” use might be but I presume they would know that better than me. I can also “see” the possibility of that number by my use when the heat and AC is off AND when the kids are away in the summers (every year in the charts below except 2012; in 2008 they were gone in October and November).
At any rate – while my average use has been about twice that and a little more at 1,500 kWH a month over six years and my annual amount is 18,000 kWH I am always impressed by both the service I receive and the comparatively low cost as compared to other providers.
I will also say that personally blowing extra insulation into my attic (in 2010) and installing a pellet stove the same winter has paid dividends as my use dropped and shrank my monthly costs despite upward pressures for the cost of generation, operations and maintenance.
Your mileage may vary but this has been my experience. It will take me another 24 years to “recover” the costs of the insulation and the stove (with static pricing, as costs rise the amount recovers faster – basing on 3% inflation that window shrinks to 17 more years) but when I can turn the stove on, on a cold December morning, and leave all the rest of the electric heat in the house off on the upper floor and have the house be 76 degrees, I simply smile and take in the warmth.