How to Read Your Bill

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How to Read Your Bill

Your power bill contains information to help you understand your energy use. This page contains descriptions of each element in the bill you receive.

  1. Account Numbers

    Account numbers are assigned with each new account.  Your account remains the same even when the address changes for the account.
  2. Please Pay By

    The date and amount of the total payment due. This amount includes current charges plus any arrears or credits.
  3. Service From

    The dates of service covered by this bill.
  4. Meter Number

    This unique number identifies your meter. The meter number is usually six digits. No other meter has the same number.
  5. Rate Code

    Identifies the rate classification used for billing your service.
  6. No. of Days

    Total number of days in this billing period.
  7. New Meter Reading

    Your most recent meter reading for the meter listed.
  8. Last Meter Reading

    Your meter reading at the time of your last billing or connection. Subtract this from your present reading to determine the amount of electricity used during this billing period.
  9. Multiplier

    The amount of electricity used is determined by multiplying the difference between the present and previous reading by the multiplier showing on your electric bill.
  10. Kwh Used

    The total number of kilowatt hours used during this billing period.
  11. Energy Charges

    A breakdown of your energy charges in kilowatt hour usage for the current billing period.

    *As of January 1, 2014 the energy charge has changed.

  12. Other Charges

    This section shows any applicable charges for street lights, water heaters or heating systems financed through NS Power, service charges, adjustments, taxes, etc...

    *Your statement also includes a fee to fund electricity efficiency programs. Efficiency Nova Scotia, an independent, non-profit corporation provides conservation and efficiency programs to residential and business customers.

  13. Your Average Cost

    A calculation of the average daily cost for electricity.
  14. Past Electric Use

    A comparison of your usage over the past year.
  15. Remittance Stub

    Detach this piece and send it in if you are mailing in a cheque.
  16. Web Access Number

    You can use this number for register for e-bill a service that delivers your power bill to your e-mail address and saves paper.

To view important general information listed on the reverse side of a bill, click here.