A lot of homeowners underestimate the importance of getting to grips with how electricity works throughout their home, as well as finding out more about how electricity is actually supplied to their building in the first place. Such a lack of keen understanding can result in a lot of energy being wasted - which, of course, also results in a lot of money being wasted.
The alarming statistics
Back in 2012, it was estimated that a whopping 56% of all energy generated for electricity is wasted. This is alarming for two major reasons. The first is linked to environmental damage. After all, the way electricity is generated isn't always kind to the environment. And if more than half of that generated electricity doesn't actually get used, isn't that a bit like kicking Mother Nature when she's down? The second - and, perhaps, the most immediately pertinent to you - is that you're still paying for that lost electricity. This is why getting to grips with Massachusetts Energy Rates is so important. When you know precisely how much you're paying and for what, you get a clearer view of the problems you might be facing.
How electricity is lost in the home
This sort of thing is generally worked out by looking at how much electricity is sent to your home, then used, and to what effect that electricity use has. Much of this involves assessing the efficiency of the electrical items you use at home. An obvious example would be your lightbulbs. Most homeowners are aware that some lightbulbs are more efficient than others. This energy efficiency measuring can actually be applied throughout your home to find out where electricity is being lost. Damage to the wiring in your home can also result in electricity use not being equal to the required output.
What losses are energy providers tracking?
How much electricity is wasted matters a lot to the providers of energy. How much energy is wasted, especially in transmission and distribution, is a very important matter to these companies. After all, these factors affect their bottom line. But they can really only track such losses so much. They're able to find out how much is lost during its distribution and transmission from a power plant to your home. But once that energy is in your home, it becomes difficult to track - this, of course, is because of the range of personal property problems that could cause the issue.
Do I pay for transmission and distribution?
Yes, in part. A customer's payment to energy companies will generally cover some of the costs that the company incurs through transmission and distribution. This can be a worry for many customers who may know about the potential problems found in this practice. It's especially worrying because customers don't actually have any control over how much energy is lost during this process, as opposed to the control they have over much of the energy loss in their home. This is why Massachusetts Energy Choice is so important. If you seek to work with a particular supplier, it may be worth finding out more about their particular distribution practices.