Retrieving Billing Metrics

To retrieve Billing metrics you need to:

  • Enable monitoring of your estimated charges in Amazon.
  1. Open the Billing and Cost Management console at
  2. Enter your user name and password, and then click Sign in using our secure server.
  3. In the navigation pane on the left, click Preferences and then check the Receive Billing Alerts checkbox.



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  • Billing metric data is stored in the US East (N. Virginia) region (us-east-1). So you need to select this region when setting up your AWS CloudWatch monitor.
Note: Billing (estimated AWS charges) data is reported by Amazon CloudWatch once in every 4 hours.
For Billing metrics, during the 4-hour interval when no data is received from Amazon the last received value will be shown in the monitor for each of the 5-min check intervals.