Be sure to get the right meter reading

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Read your meter yourself each month to check your actual power consumption. Then, compare it will the electric company bills. Sometimes utility companies send bills based on estimated meter readings, rather than actual readings. In this case, you may be spending money for more electricity than you are actually using (though you will eventually get it back as a credit once a proper reading is done). Many things can affect power consumption in a home, including a change to the number of people living in the home and the installation of additional insulation or energy-efficient appliances. If you think you are paying too much for electricity, request an actual rather than estimated reading. You can also request a meter test from the utility company.

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