Of the total electricity used by the average Austin Energy customers, more than 40 percent or almost half is used during summer months. And air conditioning accounts for more than half of summer electric bills More than 80 percent of Austin Energy residential customers average energy use is 2,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) or less during summer months, the utility said. At 2,000 kilowatts, customers can expect an electric bill that’s $44 higher than for the same usage last summer under the old rates.
By contrast, 85 percent of customers use 1,000 kWh or less during the eight non-summer months which resulted in a $4 per month or less increase due to the new rates.
The new rate system is designed to reward customers who use less power. The rates are organized in a five-tier rate system with lower rates for lower levels of use.