Understanding Your Bill
What's on your bill
Each month, you'll see the following three charges on your electric bill: Basic Service Charge, Energy Charge and Fuel Charge. View a video about your bill.
Basic service charge
The monthly Basic Service Charge covers the cost of maintaining your electric meter and the wires that bring electrical service to your home or business. The Basic Service Charge also covers the cost of reading the meter and maintaining customer records and accounting for bill payments, credit and other transactions affecting your account. The Basic Service Charge is incurred even if electricity is not used during the month.
The monthly Energy Charge includes all other costs of producing the electricity you purchase, except fuel. This also includes conservation, environmental and capacity cost recovery charges.
The monthly Fuel Charge is the cost of fuel used to produce your electricity. Fuel costs are passed through from fuel suppliers to our customers with no markup or profit to Tampa Electric.
Depending on the programs you participate in, you may see other items on your bill such as Zap Cap Systems®, Renewable Energy, Outdoor Lighting and Share pledge. View more.
For additional details about your electric bill, visit About Your Rates.
About Bill Estimating
In some cases, we rely on an estimate based on past customer electricity usage. Meter estimation is used by electric utilities across the country. Each month, when we can't read a meter for some reason, we have to estimate.
When estimating meters, we use a multi-step calculation that takes into account your prior electric usage as well as recent weather impacts. This helps us to make an accurate estimate when a physical reading is not possible.
Any needed corrections will be reflected in your bill once an actual meter reading occurs, which is typically the month after a meter estimation.
Customers who want more control over seasonal variability in their electric bill may want to consider using energy-saving practices in their home. There are many things you can do at home to help reduce energy costs.