As your not-for-profit electric utility, Seattle City Light designs electric rates to recover the cost to serve our customers -- no more, no less. City Light rates are proposed to, and then approved by, the Seattle City Council by means of an Ordinance. City Council approves the City Light budget and rates schedules every other year in November. For example, the 2019 and 2020 rates were approved in November of 2018.
Rates will be increasing as of January 1, 2020. We work hard to keep our costs as affordable as possible while ensuring that our customers receive the fair, reliable and green electric service they expect. We are proud to offer our customers electric rates that are among the lowest in urban America.
City Light wants to help you understand your electric bill and make informed energy choices. When customers make informed choices about their electricity use, everyone benefits: it helps you save money, it helps us maintain our low rates, and it minimizes the impact on the environment - locally and regionally.
Homeowners and Renters
In 2020, residential customers can expect to see their bills increase
by $2 to $5
per month depending on the size of your household and whether your home is heated by electricity or not. Like most residents, you may receive your City Light bill every two months, so this would equate to an increase of $4 to $10
per billing cycle.
Sample Bimonthly Residential Bills
|Apartments with gas heating
|Apartments with electric heating
|Homes with gas heating
|Homes with electric heating
|High Use Households
Are you a high energy use household? Connect with an Energy Advisor
to learn more about Seattle City Light services and programs to help you manage your energy bill.
Are you starting to budget for 2020? Most small businesses and condo associations can expect to see their electric bills increase approximately 5 percent next year.
If you are a larger business looking to do more in-depth analysis of your electric bill, try our bill calculator
or contact us
for more information.