Contents of the UTIL.DOC file
The Electric and Gas Utility Analyzer (tm)
THE ELECTRIC AND GAS ANALYZER (c) 1987 MOONDOG SOFTWARE
The Analyzer is a powerful and easy to use program that will record
and maintain data files for your utility usage.It allows you to analyze
the data contained in the individual utility files.A continuous record
is kept of the present and previous meter readings, the cost for each
months usage, the dates for the service period, and the cost for that
You are able to analyze the cost and usage by month for each
individual year, yearly by year, and by selected periods (ie, summer,
Another feature that you may find helpful is the cost estimator.
This allows you to enter your present meter reading, electric or gas,
and it will approximate your cost as of that reading.It figures in rates,
and any taxes or other charges by using the cost per unit from the
last billing period.
Using The Program
From the DOS prompt or a batch file enter 'UTIL'.
The first screen that you should see is the following :
The current date is :
Do you want to change date (Y/N)
Enter the correct date :
New date is :
The program will prompt you for the current date. It is important
to have the system clock set to the correct date because the program
uses the date for its filing system.
You have the option of entering "Y" to change the date or entering
"N" or just depressing the 'ENTER' key to keep the current date
Once the system date is set the following menu will appear :
Enter one of the following choices
Gas Utility Recording...........<1>
Electric Utility Recording......<2>
Return to System................<4>
At this menu screen you will choose which utility recording or
analyzing is to take place, either Gas or Electric.
Also you have the option to read a message from the author, or by
selecting choice number <4>, to return to DOS.
Selecting choice number <1> enables the Gas Utility Recording.
Selecting choice number <2> enables the Electric Utility Recording.
Both modes work in exactly the same way with the exception that
the Electric Utility Mode expects to have 12 monthly entries, while
the Gas Utility Mode only requires entries every other month for a
total of 6 entries per year.
When choice number <3> is selected the following message is
THE ELECTRIC/GAS UTILITY ANALYZER (tm)
The Analyzer is a powerful and easy to
use gas and electric utility recorder.
It will keep track of and analyze usage
of your gas & electric utilities.
It is being distributed through the
SHAREWARE system, it is NOT free.
If you find the 'ANALYZER' program
useful please send whatever contribution
you think is fair to the author at the
address below :
1575 East 34th Street
G&E ANALYZER(C) 1987, MOONDOG SOFTWARE.
This is just the author begging for support.
Let your conscience be your guide.
When choice <1> or choice <2> is selected, the following menu
selection appears :
ELECTRIC UTILITY ANALYSIS
Enter <1> for MONTHLY usage and charges.
Enter <2> for YEARLY analysis.
Enter <3> for SELECTED analysis.
Enter <4> for COST estimator.
Enter <5> for ADDING new charges.
Enter <6> to RETURN to Utility Menu.
Enter <7> to END program.
Here is where the meat of the program operates.
When choices <1> through <4> are selected for the first time use,
the program will check for the existence of the appropriate data
The data files are created using choice number <5>.One thing
you must keep in mind is that the data file must start with the
first month of the year,January, and if data is not available going
back to the first month, dummy records must be entered.This is a
limitation caused by the analyze function.
MONTHLY USAGE AND CHARGES
When Choice number <1> is selected you are presented with the
following menu for selection :
Select year :
YEAR ==> 1987
Make selection,then press ENTER.
Select the year that you are interested in seeing by using the
cursor-up or cursor-down keys on the numeric keypad. When the year is
highlighted, then press the 'ENTER' key.
After the 'ENTER' key is pressed a report similar to the one
below will be printed on the screen :
MONTHLY USAGE AND CHARGES FOR 1978
SVC PERIOD METER READINGS USAGE CHARGES COST/KWH
FROM TO PREV PRES KWH $
01-12-78 02-10-78 66830 67340 510 $ 46.95 9.2
02-10-78 03-15-78 67340 67870 530 $ 50.86 9.6
03-15-78 04-13-78 67870 68360 490 $ 47.92 9.8
04-13-78 05-12-78 68360 68840 480 $ 47.79 10.0
05-12-78 06-13-78 68840 69350 510 $ 53.79 10.5
06-13-78 07-13-78 69350 69950 600 $ 61.87 10.3
07-13-78 08-11-78 69950 71020 1070 $ 107.09 10.0
08-11-78 09-12-78 71020 72260 1240 $ 124.35 10.0
09-12-78 10-12-78 72260 72720 460 $ 48.51 10.5
10-12-78 11-13-78 72720 73150 430 $ 41.15 9.6
11-13-78 12-12-78 73150 73580 430 $ 41.29 9.6
12-12-78 01-11-79 73580 74110 530 $ 49.69 9.4
END OF LIST...HIT ENTER TO CONTINUE
If choice number <2> was selected, Yearly Analysis, a report
similar to the above will be generated. The first column will contain
the year, instead of the month, and the following columns will
contain totals for the year.
It then becomes very easy to see changes in usage and cost over
Choice number <3> allows reports to be generated covering
the selections as shown below :
CHOSE PERIOD FOR ANALYSIS
<1> ---------- WINTER
<2> ---------- SPRING
<3> ---------- SUMMER
<4> ---------- FALL
<5> ---------- OTHER
This report will be in the same format as the Yearly report, and
showing for each year the appropriate totals for only the period
This will enable you to see any unusual changes in usage or charges
during only the summer months, for instance, when your electric
usage might be expected to be high.
The addition of a new electrical appliance or the upgrading
of your heating system, and how it affects your utility bill
will be readily apparent.
Selecting choice number <4>, Cost Estimator, results in the
Last cost was .1351446 per KWH.
Last reading was : 49443
Enter present reading 😕 49600
Approximate cost is >>>>> $ 21.22
Press 'ENTER' to continue.
Entering the present meter reading will calculate the approximate
cost as of that reading.
***** Please Note *****
For this function to work, at least two entries must be made in the
appropriate data file.
The approximate cost is calculated from the previous billing cycle
and should prove to be quite accurate. This method does not require
the entry of the graduated rate schedules that are used by most
Selecting choice number <5>, Adding New Charges, displays the
ADDING NEW CHARGES
Enter this months meter reading 😕 2221
Enter this months closing date (01-01-83) 😕 03-20-86
Enter this months cost 😕 123.45
This screen is where the electric and gas data files are built from.
Entering the information in the above frame will store it in the proper