Both pricing plans encourage customers to shift energy usage away from the on-peak time periods (2-7p.m., Monday-Friday, June-September, excluding holidays). The on-peak and off-peak rates are less for the Smart Usage rate because of the addition of the demand component. Georgia Power encourages you to visit the Residential Rate Advisor tool at www.georgiapower.com/residential/rate-plans/home to learn more.
Household demands vary. The average Georgia home uses approximately 8 kW of maximum demand per month. Of course, your household's demand could be larger or smaller than the average. The size of your home, number of air conditioning units, and the fuel type of your furnace will have the largest impact on your maximum demand. If you stagger the use of some large appliances you can manage and potentially reduce your demand.
Yes, it is possible, if you are unable to avoid staggering the usage of higher-demand appliances or if much of your energy usage is during on-peak hours. Please use the link to the calculator provided above to help determine this. You can also refer to the table of electric appliances at www.georgiapower.com/residential/rate-plans/residential-demand to see what appliances use more demand than others. Remember, the fewer you use at the same time, the more money you could save.
Yes, we offer several pricing plans to choose from to meet your energy needs. To see your choices please visit www.georgiapower.com/residential/rate-plans/home.
With advancements in Smart Metering technology (more can be seen at www.georgiapower.com/residential/understanding-your-bill/smart-meter, the Company can now measure and bill residential customers for demand. This provides better price signals to you and gives you more ways to control your bill. These price signals encourage the most efficient utilization of Georgia Power's electrical system.
Yes, you can be on Budget Billing while on the Smart Usage plan. However, the account must bill one month on Smart Usage before Budget Billing can be established.
No. The Smart Usage pricing plan is an optional rate.
You must commit to stay on Smart Usage pricing plan for at least twelve months.