Understanding Your Bill
Electric bills rendered by MEA are due monthly on the due date listed on the bill. Contact us to request a change of due date if the one currently assigned to you does not meet your needs.
MEA’s Budget Billing program allows you to “even out” your electric bills, paying the same amount each month. This makes budgeting money for your electric bill easier. Any residential member in good standing whose home has had continuous electrical service for 12 months is eligible to participate.
Your meter will continue to be read on a monthly basis, and you’ll continue to receive a monthly bill as you have in the past. The bill will indicate your current kilowatt-hour consumption and your current budget billing amount.
Each June, your budget billing amount will be recalculated to ensure accuracy. Any credit or debit accrued by this time will automatically be applied to future bills.
You can sign up for budget billing April 1 through May 31 by contacting us. Participation is not mandatory and may be discontinued by either the member or MEA at any time.
Get more info on our Budget Billing page.
Why has my electric bill suddenly changed?
Whether your electric bill has spiked suddenly or simply gotten higher over time, there are a variety of things to review. Establish what is “normal” for your household by looking at kilowatt hours (kWh) used over time. A typical three-person Alaskan household uses about 800 kWh per month. Your “normal” might be higher or lower.
Spikes in kWh can be attributed to additional use of appliances such as clothes dryers, portable electric heaters, kitchen ranges, water heaters, etc.
Longer-term increases in kWh can come from older appliances becoming less efficient, weather extremes, additional people using electricity in the household, increased rates, etc. Check out our Energy-Saving Tips page for more information.
Review your bill to make sure it is accurate; contact MEA if you see a mistake.