Each month you get your energy bill in the mail and probably wonder what the heck the three letters “kWh” mean.

You may have also thought to yourself, “How do I get that number down so that my bill is lower each month?”

“kWh” stands for kilowatt-hour, and understanding this term is key to starting to lower your monthly bill by reducing your energy consumption.

So what is a kilowatt- hour?

A watt is a unit of power – or the rate at which energy is produced or consumed. A watt-hour measures how much energy is consumed in an hour, so a kilowatt-hour is 1,000 watt-hours.

On average, Virginia homes use 1,000 kWh of electricity per month. How much electricity do you typically use?

Here are some tips to help bring down your energy consumption, and while you’re at it – head on over to our website and pledge to reduce your electricity consumption by 10%.

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Get your students energized about responsible energy use! In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, we’ve created fun, multi-day, Lesson plans to help you teach your students how to understand and conserve energy! They’re classroom-ready and free to use!