Understand Your Texas Electricity Bill with EmPOWERing Insights from Bounce Energy

By Adam P. Newton, November 2, 2015, Energy Efficiency, News

We’re always looking for ways to help you figure out what’s happening on your electricity bill each month. You need to pay that bill to keep your lights on, but you want to understand all those charges before you pay them. We get it – we’re energy customers too – because no one likes paying something that doesn’t make any sense.

Understand Your Texas Electricity Bill with EmPOWERing Insights from Bounce Energy

This is why we are really excited to introduce EmPOWERing Insights to all Bounce Energy customers! This brand-new tool in your Bounce Energy MyAccount helps you analyze the ins and outs of your Texas electricity bill with unprecedented clarity into the how, when, and why your home uses energy. We want you to understand what’s happening on your bill so you can figure out ways to use less energy (or at least use it more efficiently).

Let’s check out everything EmPOWERing Insights offers you:

Summary

Here’s where it all begins. On the Summary tab alone, you’ll get a treasure trove of information fundamental to how you relate to your bill and your usage. And the handy graphics make things easier to comprehend!

Understand Your Texas Electricity Bill with EmPOWERing Insights from Bounce Energy

  • The “Bill-Over-Bill Usage Cost” chart compares your usage trends from your last bill to what you’re estimated to spend during your current billing cycle.
  • The “Bill Forecast” chart takes those usage trends, provides an estimate of what your next bill will be, and compares it to your most recent bill.
  • With the “7-Day Outlook” chart, you’ll see how weather could impact your usage for next week, complete with estimates of how much you might spend compared to past usage on days with similar weather.

Usage & Alerts

Understand Your Texas Electricity Bill with EmPOWERing Insights from Bounce Energy

This robust tool delivers data to you about your day-to-day usage in a variety of formats. Whether you view your usage in terms of billing cycle or month of the year, we’ll show you the highest usage day, lowest usage day, and the average usage for your preferred time frame. And if you hover over a day on the calendar, you’ll see the actual cost of the energy you used compared to what we estimated you would use, along with the weather forecast for the day.

Understand Your Texas Electricity Bill with EmPOWERing Insights from Bounce Energy

Further down the page, you’ll see an informative bar graph outlining your billed usage and predicted usage for the time frame you prefer: billing cycle, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. You can even select to see high and low temperature trends to compare against your usage.

Itemized Usage

Understand Your Texas Electricity Bill with EmPOWERing Insights from Bounce Energy

Here’s where things get fun and interesting! This fantastic graph breaks down your usage into how you used it, down to the appliance level. Now, don’t worry – Bounce Energy does NOT peek into your house to measure the actual electricity consumption of your appliances – these are estimates based upon highly sophisticated pattern recognition algorithms. Think of it as a really educated guess that helps you better understand which parts of your home use more energy than others.

For example, the picture above states that the heating & cooling for this residence accounts for a large portion of the customer’s energy bill. And while it’s important to turn off lights you don’t use around the home, only $5.98 can be attributed to lights, while $7.62 is used by the refrigerator. Either this person needs to use the fridge more efficiently, or they don’t use much lighting in general.

Home Comparison

We’re taking “Keeping Up with the Joneses” to new heights by showing you how your usage and energy bills compare to people in your area with homes like yours. We’ll give you a glimpse into your average usage in different parts of your home in relation to your neighbors.

Like the other tabs in your handy EmPOWERing Insights tool, this information is estimated. We aren’t looking into your home or that of your neighbors. The data we’re showing looks at your itemized usage relative to estimates from homes with similar appliances and usage patterns in your zip code. And the info here is also determined by what you tell us about your home in the “Home Profile” section.

Home Profile

To truly make EmPOWERing Insights sing, you really need to fill out both sections of this page. We want to give you the best possible information about how you’re using energy so you can better manage that usage, so the more we know about your home, the better. Just tell us a little bit about what’s happening at your home, and we’ll do the rest.

The POWER is Yours

Understand Your Texas Electricity Bill with EmPOWERing Insights from Bounce EnergyUnderstand Your Texas Electricity Bill with EmPOWERing Insights from Bounce Energy

With EmPOWERing Insights from Bounce Energy, you’ll gain the knowledge and understanding into your Texas electricity bill you’ve always wanted. Log into your Bounce Energy MyAccount today and start exploring your energy world by clicking that helpful “Quick Tour” button!

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Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Adam P. Newton never acquired the charming accent that most life-long Texans possess in spades, but he’s OK with that. Adam currently creates and curates online content for Direct Energy. Before his career in content marketing, Adam spent several years toiling as a music journalist.

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