Friday, November 6, 2009

Read Your Detailed Power Bill, By the Hour

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 3:08 PM

We wrote this week about Idaho Power's digital smart meters, which most of Ada County residents now have outside their homes. The Idaho Business Review also reported on Idaho Power's federal stimulus grant, as well as other stimulus money coming to Idaho utilities.

We did promise ya'll in the article that we'd walk you through the process for analyzing your hourly power consumption, so here ya go, step by step. We'd love to hear from readers how you plan to use this glut of new information.

If you want to read your actual digital meter, the one outside your house, you can follow the detailed instructions in the Idaho Power video on this page.

First step: Go to idahopower.com.


Log in to your Idaho Power account, you may need to register, if you have not done that before.
  • Log in to your Idaho Power account, you may need to register, if you have not done that before.


Then click on the Energy Usage for ... drop down menu at the bottom of your billing information.
  • Then click on the "Energy Usage for ..." drop down menu at the bottom of your billing information.


Then choose Detailed Meter Data and click on the bar representing any month.
  • Then choose "Detailed Meter Data" and click on the bar representing any month.


And voila, you can see when your kid gets up in the middle of the night to visit the refrigerator, the extra processor use in the middle of the day when someone is surfing, or, seriously, all the appliances that suck juice just because, even when you are not using them.
  • And voila, you can see when your kid gets up in the middle of the night to visit the refrigerator, the extra processor use in the middle of the day when someone is surfing, or, seriously, all the appliances that suck juice just because, even when you are not using them.

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