The Watch Dog response: Thank you Elder Speight because these folk talking about their high light bills and can not prove they have been overcharged by no fault of their own, talking about where their thermostats were set and other will just be talk.
If you have an Extremely High Utility Bill during extreme weather conditions… It’s normally due to 1 of 2 things….
#1 Faulty meters— (Unfortunately, this Takes some investigating to prove… )… problem here is – most people don’t know or never check with their utility provider to see what they charge [per 10k KWH, or per 1k gallon of water or per Gas] so they have nothing to compare to…. All they left with to compare is Last month bill compared to current bill ( Which is Useless)
It’s just as important to know what your PER HOUR or Per Gallon Utility usage charge is – As it is to know your Interest Rate charge is on your Home/Car loan
I read one post, that someone heard that the city charges more to the public to cover their Christmas light cost….my response to this is – Was this tactic ever Approved in the City Council meeting….Did the residents of the city vote or Accept this action….And did anyone ever verify what their Per KWH charge was before, during and after the holiday / winter season????
#2 Second reason for Unusual or unstable Utility Charges are…. One’s Residence IS NOT WEATHERIZED – NOR ENERGY EFFICIENT…. just because it stays Cold longer outside – doesn’t mean the inside of your residence should feel the same as the outside…. IF YOUR RESIDENCE IS NOT ENERGY EFFICIENT – THEN #YES YOUR BILL WILL CONSTANTLY CHANGE (AND GO UP)
Along With the Joys of Having a roof over our heads and the pleasure/ necessity of AC and HEAT – COMES SELF RESPONSIBILITY ….
I’m not sure how the Plan Payment works, but as Curmilus pointed out, it might be an option for some… To temporarily address ones high bills….
But Unless one Love just giving utility companies outrageous large sums of money every month- Then I would highly recommend – Self Accountability …
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What folk need to do is to monitor their meters and then see if they are being overcharged vs being charged for the actual usage because of having almost a half of a month with temperatures in the teens and/or below the teens.
It makes a difference what the thermostat is set on. It makes a difference how much consumption is being used while folk are at home.
Some folk bills consist of electric, gas and water all together.
I think some folk are focused on the wrong thing and ought to be trying to get a payment plan vs trying to say they are being overcharged without being able to justify it.
Light Bills/Other Issues
I can’t attempt to help you with your battles if you don’t provide all of the facts. I don’t operate off emotions. So if you want me to even think about offering my resources then I got to have all the facts. I investigate anyway but some things I can’t investigate without you giving up some information.
Issues, Issues, Issues
Now let that drip!
I will be sitting right here!