Below are explanations of charges you will find on your bill. You may also want to view a sample monthly bill.
Do you have more than one account with East-Central Iowa REC? Would you like your accounts consolidated into one statement? We can do that! Call our Urbana office at 319-443-4343 or 877-850-4343 for more details.
The Service Charge covers the cost of having our equipment available to your home. Even if you do not use any electricity in a given month, your Cooperative incurs costs to have the poles, conductor, transformer, and meter available to you. The Service Charge is designed to cover those costs. If you are receiving power on our Rate 20: Small General Service or Rate 31: Rural Farm and Residential Service, the amount of your basic service charge depends on the capacity of the transformer that is serving your home.
The amount of the Service Charge is found directly to the right of the Energy and Service Charge line item on your bill.
This charge covers the cost of the kilowatt-hours (kWhs) that you use during the month. Most of our rates are divided into three blocks of kWhs. You pay the most per kWh for the first block of power, less for the second block, and the least for the third block. View our rate chart to determine how much you pay for energy (kWh) at your rate.
Due to space limitations on your bill, the total energy charge is combined with the service charge. This amount is found to the right of Energy and Service Charge under the green banner heading Current Charges.
Demand Charges are found only on Rate 3: Large Power and Rate 16: Large Power Time-of-Day. Demand, measured in kilowatts, calculates the amount of energy flowing through your equipment at one point in time. The more kilowatts a customer's equipment draws at that one point in time, the larger our equipment (transformer, meter, and wires) must be that serves your home. This charge also reflects the fact that your Cooperative pays a demand charge for the generation of electricity it purchases and for transmitting it to our substations.
If you have a Demand Charge on your bill, it will be the maximum amount of electric current your home used during any 15-minute period of time during the billing month. You will be charged a dollar amount per kilowatt. That maximum reading will appear directly to the right of the line item, Demand Charge. To determine the cost of those kilowatts, divide the total demand charge by the kilowatt reading or go to the rate chart
Energy Cost Adjustment (ECA)
The cost of power can fluctuate from month to month. When our cost of power changes, the Iowa Utilities Board allows ECI REC (and all other electric utilities) to raise or lower our cost of electricity by using the Energy Cost Adjustment.
The Energy Cost Adjustment is a line item on your bill. The number in parentheses to the right of Energy Cost Adjustment is the amount per kilowatt-hour added to your energy (kWh) charge. The amount to the right of that under Current Charges multiplies this amount by the number of kWhs used during that billing cycle.
If you are leasing one or more outdoor security light from ECI REC, the monthly charge will appear on your bill. The monthly charges depend on the type and wattage of the bulb.
Monthly Security Light Service Charges
175 Watt Mercury Vapor
400 Watt Mercury Vapor
100 Watt High Pressure Sodium
150 Watt High Pressure Sodium
400 Watt High Pressure Sodium
If you have not filed a tax exemption form for your home, the State of Iowa requires utilities to add 6% of the total charges to an electric bill. This amount is then forwarded to the Department of Revenue.
If you have not filed a tax exemption form for your home, East-Central Iowa REC will charge a 1% Local Option Tax on utility bills. This amount is the same for all counties in our service territory.
If you did not pay the total amount of your previous bill, the unpaid amount plus a penalty of 1.5% will appear on your current bill.
The amount of your previous payment appears on your current bill.
Account Total Due
To avoid late fees, please pay the total amount due on your electric bill. The payment must be received by ECI by the date indicated.