How much electricity do I use each year?

Ever wondered how much electricity you use in a year?  For those of you who get a paper bill from PECO each month, turn to page 2.

At the bottom right, you’ll see Total Annual kWh Usage; 4,896 in the example above.

This accounts for the seasonal swings in each month’s usage. This is also the number I monitor after replacing any electrical appliance with a newer, more efficient one. Within a month or two, I usually see this number go down!

When planning to install rooftop solar, we again refer to the annual usage, building a system that generates close to your current usage.

Curious about lowering your annual usage?

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see your PECO bill online

Ever wondered how much electricity you use in a year? Or how all your energy saving devices actually reflect on your electric bill? You can see this and more at, even compare your usage with your neighbors. Here’s how:

  • You’ll need to setup an online account on your first visit to
    1. Go to
    2. Under the log-in boxes, click Register
    3. Enter your account number, your primary phone number associated to your account and the last 4 digits of the primary account holder’s social security number or business tax id.
    4. You will then need to create a password.
  • Once logged in, you can see your current bill, check out the history, enroll in auto pay and other payment options.
  • To get a copy of your bill, go to My Bill Details where you’ll see a button that says Download Bill PDF.  Scroll down to bottom of page 2, where you’ll see Your Usage Profile. The Total Annual kWh Usage shown here is used to determine the system size when you inquire about rooftop solar. If possible, print this page 2 when you come to one of our member meetings.  On average, each Pennsylvanian home uses about 10,000 kWh per year. With energy efficient devices, it’s possible to use only about half that.

  • You can also see how your energy use compares to neighbors with similar sized homes. You can find this under My Account, then choose My Bill & Usage,  and then click on the neighborhood comparison tab under View Bill Details.
  • Want to see your usage over time? To see charts of this overlaid with the average monthly temperature, go to My Account, choose My Bill & Usage,  and then, on the Electric Bill Usage tab, scroll down and click on View detailed usage“.

The site has a lot of other information as well where you’ll discover you can check for outages, even report outages.

Curious about how to use less electricity? You should be when considering investing in solar, since you’ll need fewer panels to generate enough electricity for your needs. See tips for saving energy under Ways to Save.

If you need help deciphering all this data, come to our next member meeting where neighbors await to translate this for your life.