It’s hot out! Set alerts for high usage

Set up usage alert

You know that little alert on your smartphone, that lets you know you’re getting close on your monthly data? 

Now, just in time for a hot summer, you can get alerts for your energy use too. Set an amount you don’t want to go over each month.  We’ll keep track and let you know if you hit it. 

Follow these simple steps to set up your alerts. 

1. Know your “normal”

Log in to My Account ( to see what your normal usage is. Select the Usage tab at the top. You’ll see a chart of your usage over the past year. Hover over the months to see specific use per billing period. Or, look at the Billing Period Average box above the chart. 

2. Determine your kWh usage alert amount

If you’re looking to make energy-saving changes, take your average kWh usage – or your average from this season last year – and subtract 5%, 10% or 15%. The energy-savings goal is up to you!  If you want to maintain your current energy usage, you can use the “Billing period average.” Or, base your number on the amount you used this month last year.  

3. Set up alerts

In the Usage tab in My Account, click Set Usage Alert at the top right. Check the box and enter the number you just determined. Click Save. 

4. Choose how to receive your alert. 

Switch over to the My Profile tab. On the left, click Notification Preferences. You’ll see High Usage Alerts at the bottom of the list. Check how you’d like to receive alerts: Text, Email, or Voice. 

Shoot! I hit my limit.  

Don’t worry, you won’t get shut off for hitting your limit! But, it may be time for a family talk about energy-saving behaviors.

See our best tips.

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