A residential electric bill is made up of four main charges: Customer Charge, Distribution Charges, Energy Charges and Taxes and Surcharges.
This amount is a fixed charge per meter. It pays for costs that do not vary with usage, such as meter reading/maintenance, billing costs, customer service, the equipment providing service into the customer’s property, as well as a portion of the system of wires, poles and pipes.
The Distribution charge is a set cost per kilowatt hour that supports the cost of construction, operation, maintenance and administration of the electric system. This charge does not include the cost of electricity that you used.
The Energy Charge includes the cost of energy that you used and Easton Utilities purchased on your behalf. As a not-for-profit utility, Easton Utilities purchases the energy that customers need and passes the cost along without markup.
Taxes and Surcharges
The State of Maryland requires that we collect certain taxes and surcharges that are then sent directly to the State.
Striving to Save You Money
Easton Utilities buys electric energy on the wholesale market. Purchases could be long or short-term contracts or daily “real time” and market prices. To help keep costs low, we can utilize our own electric generation facility. This means if prices on the market become too high, we can run our own generators at a lesser cost and pass those savings directly to you.
Tips on how to conserve energy to help reduce your bill.