How to Use the Bills Plugin

How to Use the Bills Plugin

How to Use the Bills Plugin

 

Purpose:

This post will explain how to use the Bills plugin.

It is important to note that for the Bills plugin to work, your Rate Settings must have been set up first. You can find the How-to for that Here.

Finally, this plugin is for informational purposes only. The actual bill will be provided by your electrical utility. 

Instructions:

  1. Click on the icon in the lower left of the My.Eyedro.com display.  This is the plugin menu.
  2. Select Bills.
  3. Select the Display Group you wish to view from the dropdown menu.
  4. The Billing History graph shows the current month’s usage as well as the past 11 months usage in kWh.  Hover your mouse over a month’s bar to see the amount used.
  5. The Daily Cost (Total) graph shows a daily breakdown of costs in dollars for the currently selected billing period.
  6. Billing period start and end dates can be adjusted. Click on the pencil icon to access settings. You can refresh the graph with the button next to the pencil.
  7. Bill To Date shows all consumption and costs for this billing period to date.
  8. The Est. shows the estimated cost for this billing period based on historical usage data.
  9. Click the + in both grids to see the breakdown of other fees.
  10. A visual representation of the above 9 steps of the MyEyedro Bills Plugin

 

 

How to use the Bills plugin

How to use the Bills plugin

 

 

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Daily Cost Total

 

 

Billing History Chart

Billing History Chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

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How to Set Up Your Rate Profile

How to Set Up Your Rate Profile

How to Set Up Your Rate Profile

 

Purpose:

To explain how to set up your rate profile correctly in MyEyedro.

Things you will need:

  • your last electrical utility bill
  • the rate card from your electrical utility company.

 

Instructions:

    1. Click on the gear menu in the top right of the MyEyedro screen next to your account name.
    2. Select Rates.
    3. You will have one rate profile auto created by default.
    4. There will be several tabs you can select, but to start the tab you want is Bill Profile.
    5. On the Bill Profile tab, starting with the General tab you can set the date, bill frequency, Rate Structure and Seasons.
    6. Effective Date: if you know when your Utility last changed their Rate Profile, that is the date you need to set here, otherwise just use the start date of the bill you are using to fill in the details.
    7. Bill Frequency: your bill will cover one of three billing periods, Monthly, Bi-Monthly, or Quarterly. Select the option that matches your Bill.
    8. Rate Structure: your utility will have a specific rate structure. MyEyedro currently supports the following structures: Fixed, Tiered, Daily Tiered, and Time of Use.
    9. Number of Seasons: your bill will have the number of seasons that your Utility uses, Time of Use often has Summer and Winter, and what month each season starts on, in this example May 1 and November 1. To edit when a season starts double click on the season you want to edit in the list.
    10. The Rates tab of the Bill Profile will have tabs for each season. You will need to enter your rates information for each season.
    11. Each Season will have two check boxes: enable Weekend-specific rates and enable Holiday-specific rates. If you get charged differently on weekends and holidays ensure these are checked. They are separated out so that if you have holiday rates but not weekend rates you can set this.
    12. With both boxes checked there will be 3 tabs in each season, Weekdays, Weekends, and Holidays.
    13. On Each of these tabs set the time bands, you do this by clicking the Add Time Band in the bottom left of the tab until the number of time bands matches the number on your utility bill.
    14. To edit the time bands you have created, double click them in the list and set the name, the time the band starts, the time the band finishes, and the rate for the band. Do this until all 24 hours are covered.
    15. Repeat this process for each of the seasons.
    16. The final tab on Bill Profile is Other Fees. As the name suggests, these are the related fees such as tax, etc. that your utility company charges you.
    17. The Apply other fees seasonally checkbox is used if you get charged different fees in winter and summer (if your utility bill has a two-season billing profile).
    18. The other checkboxes activate the various other fees. For e.g., if you have an Adjustment Factor on your bill, check the box and enter the percentage from your bill.
    19. The Fixed Fees and Daily Fixed Fees are summation boxes. This means you need to add up all the fees on your utility bill that are applied per bill period for Fixed Fees and enter the amount in dollars into the box that appears when you check it off. The same applies to the per day fees if there are any. An example of Fixed Fees is the Distribution Service Charge $x.xx per month.
    20. Variable Fees are any fees that are tied to how much power you consume that are not the cost of the power itself. They are measured in dollars per kWh. An example of Variable Fees is the Distribution Usage Charge $0.0xxx per kWh.
    21. Adjustment Factor: if you sign up for a contract with an energy retailer, your contract might include a fixed percentage fee for the Global Adjustment cost, which all consumers are required to pay a share of. The Global Adjustment basically is the difference between the price electricity generators are guaranteed and what they earn in the wholesale marketplace.
    22. Adjusted Variable Fees: if you sign up for a contract with an energy retailer, and your contract does not have a fixed percentage, it will have a per kWh fee to cover the Global Adjustment mentioned above.
    23. Peak Demand Fees: Peak demand is usually only applicable to industrial consumers.
    24. Peak Hour Fees: Peak Hours are also usually only applicable to industrial consumers.
    25. Tax: this is where you put the total tax payed on your utility bill in percentage.
    26. Rebate: if you have a rebate for your utility bill, usually from your local government, this is where you put the percentage value for it.
    27. Next to the Bill Profile tab is the Utility tab which allows you to enter the name of your electric utility and their website. This is for record keeping purposes only.
    28. The final tab in Rates is the Holidays tab. In order to have holiday rates applied, this is where you add all applicable statutory holidays.
    29. To add a holiday, you click the “Add Holiday” button located in the lower left corner of the holidays list.
    30. To edit a holiday, you need to double click it in the list, note that you will need to update the list annually as each holiday entered is for a specific year.

 

MyEyedro Bill Profile tab

 MyEyedro Bill Profile tab

 

MyEyedro Rates tab

MyEyedro Rates tab

 

MyEyedro Rates Other Fees

MyEyedro Rates Other Fees

 

Click here for a video example of setting Time-of-Use rates (for best viewing results watch in HD)

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Alternate rate structures:

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How to Set Up Daily Tiered Rates

How to Set Up Daily Tiered Rates

How to Set Up Daily Tiered Rates

 

Purpose:

To explain how to set up Daily Tiered Rates in My.Eyedro.com. This post assumes that you have already read How to Set Up Your Rate Profile and How to Set Up Tiered Rates.

 

Instructions:

  1. Navigate to Bill Profile
  2. Set rate structure to Daily Tiered
  3. Click on the Rates tab
  4. If you have weekend specific rates, click the checkbox
  5. Do the same if you have holiday specific rates
  6. Set your Tiers to match your rates from your utility
  7. Repeat this process for all seasons

 

MyEyedro Daily Tiered Rates tab

MyEyedro Daily Tiered Rates tab

 

Alternate rate structures:

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How to Set Up Fixed Rates

How to Set Up Fixed Rates

How to Set Up Fixed Rates

 

Purpose:

This post will explain how to set up Fixed Rates in My.Eyedro.com. This post assumes that you have already read the How to Set Up Your Rate Profile post.

 

Instructions:

  1. Navigate to Bill Profiles
  2. Set Rate Structure to Fixed Price
  3. Set the rate to match your utility’s rate profile (with Fixed rates, there should only be one)
  4. If you have weekend specific rates, check the box and enter the value in the tab
  5. Do the same for holiday rates if applicable
  6. Repeat this process for each season if applicable
  7. Click the other fees tab and enter your other fees
  8. Click Save Changes
MyEyedro Fixed Rate Structure

MyEyedro Fixed Rate Structure

 

Alternate rate structures:

 

For more information:

 

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