Light Bills – Where Are All The Folk Who Were Complaining About Their Light Bills, Did The Bills Just Go Away?

I told folk to report back to us when they go down to the city and only one person has responded to me but they didn’t do it online where it started.

I love it when I challenge folk trying to help them and save them some embarrassment and then they do not come back and post trues. When they don’t do that it make me look at them some type of way because them folk can be dangerous. You see they will attempt to make you get emotional with them when you tell them what they need to do but at the end of the day I know what I am talking about.

I posted the following video a few days ago, Rocky Mount NC – Rich Worsinger Director of Energy Resources City of Rocky Mount Talk About Utility Rates Especially January 2018 On City Beat.” When I told Johnny Neal on his page that someone from the city was following the discussion it was Worsinger but not limited to because I had seen him like some of the comments. I told him that when he go down there they would be ready for him. In the video the city said they were reading about what folk were saying on Social Media.

I respond to folk on Social Media because some things folk be saying can be misleading and will give folk false hope. I refuse to be silent on issues allowing folk to be mislead and folk know that is one of the things I talk about a lot folk misleading folk.

I have been in meetings with Worsinger dating back to the 90’s working on utilities and in the late 90’s in a meeting at Truth Tabernacle is when it came out about the ElectriCities issue that Rocky Mount and 31 other cities were a part of.

I know more than what folk think I know and ya’ll gonna learn the day.

 

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Rocky Mount NC – Rich Worsinger Director of Energy Resources City of Rocky Mount Talk About Utility Rates Especially January 2018 On City Beat

Folk have been complaining about their light bills so here you have it from Rich Worsinger as he explains the use of natural gas, load management and more. I have been knowing Rich for years and he was following some conversations I was commenting on on Facebook recently. I seen him like a couple of comments but when I tried to go back to see which one/s he liked but I couldn’t find them. This is when I posted that someone is reading your comments and that when you go down to the city they will be familiar with your conversation this is what I was talking about. Rich talked about the ElectriCities issue but now rates are lower in Rocky Mount than 46 other states. See how Rocky Mount will work with you on paying your bills.

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Light Bill Comparisons Usage Is The Key

When real discussions take place good information can come out if everyone be true to themselves. The following is a conversation I started on Facebook and some good and valuable information was shared. I hope the conversation continue because good information is always needed. Funny how folk who claim to be about what is right get mad when the real information is brought forward. I refuse to allow folk to mislead folk with half-trues and mess that they post on Social Media.

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Korreain Duckenfield

Korreain Duckenfield $574.00! Wow

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Annecia Norwood-jones

Annecia Norwood-jones I thought I was the only one facing an un believable utility bill! !!! My bill is reaching 664.88 for the 3rd month in a row!

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Cleola Johnson

Cleola Johnson $1009.98 and I was hospitalized for an entire week! Now you tell me?

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II What did you leave your thermostat on?

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II I posted my bill and my usage because others have just posted their bill.
Look at my usage and the meter numbers….
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Cleola Johnson

Cleola Johnson I know but I really like the comparisons! I am not the “Lone Ranger!”

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Tonya Batchelor

Tonya Batchelor What company is this?

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Cleola Johnson

Cleola Johnson Edgecombe Martin EMC

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Tonya Batchelor

Tonya Batchelor Wow

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II Yes EMC

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Marilyn Pulley Howard

Marilyn Pulley Howard My moms was 900+

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Cleola Johnson

Cleola Johnson Correct me if I’m wrong but your mother has gone to be with the Lord!
I really do not understand!

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II Cleola Johnson I don’t think so, I think you her aunt died recently.

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Marilyn Pulley Howard

Marilyn Pulley Howard That was my aunt Mary my mom’s name is Ada

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Marilyn Pulley Howard

Marilyn Pulley Howard But ironically Aunt Mary left a high bill also and she was in the nursing home the last month she died. smh

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Cleola Johnson

Cleola Johnson Marilyn Pulley Howard truly I am sorry for the mistake.
However, the bill is entirely too much!
Pray that I can pay!

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Cleola Johnson

Cleola Johnson Curmilus Butch Dancy II Thanks!

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Regi Thigpen

Regi Thigpen I live in Raleigh and our bill average around $90-$120 a month. Someone is home at least 20 hrs a day and we don’t try to conserve on usage and yours is 147 kwh and ours is 37 kwh per day. For some reason your usage is really high.

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II Now this is what I am talking about. Until you know the whole story one can not just go by a bill and not look at usage.
Someone is in my home 24 hours a day every day and my heat is running in the winter so my pipes will not freeze and the air condition is running in the summer so it will not be hot….
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Michael Collins

Michael Collins Mine went from $170 to $300!

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Michael Collins

Michael Collins And I was gone for two weeks.

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II And what was your usage while for the month? You can’t just look at the amount of the bill and not the actual usage.

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Michael Collins

Michael Collins I do auto pay.but I don’t remember it ever getting up to $300 in the last 16yrs I’ve lived here

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II Michael Collins And the weather the amount of cold days in a row was not the norm so you can not compare it to winters that was not like this one.

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Michael Collins

Michael Collins True. I think they jacked them all up.supply and demand.even though my furnace is on about 15 minutes a day and the rest of the time I heat with a space heater.

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II Michael Collins Again your usage can be measured just like I posted here so until one look at the usage and the bill and can prove they have been charged for false usage then it ain’t no need to complain.
Even if they jack up whatever they are in control over how much they charge but I don’t think they change rates without letting the customers know ahead of time.

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Michael Collins

Michael Collins I’m going log in online and take a look

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Michael Collins

Michael Collins I’m just thankful it wasn’t as high as others on here!

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II The driving factor as it relates to the bills are the amount of cold days we had in row.

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Lena Suggs

Lena Suggs Am Not Complaining My Light Bill Was 179.91.But I Use Gas For Heating But I Don’t Get Gas Every Month. THANK YOU LORD.

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II That is another thing. In cities like Rocky Mount Electric, natural gas and other all in the same bill so when folk say electric it ain’t always electric. In many cases it was the gas that was the highest.

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Lena Suggs

Lena Suggs Yes It Was

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II My dad electric bill is 84.00 but when I had them to come out and to bring him some gas the bill to fill up the tank was almost 800.00. When he went to pay the bill they told him he could pay some of it and my daddy is the type of person who is going to pay it all. Now everyone couldn’t do that and even if they could some would have take advantage of the offer to pay it over a period of time.

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II Until folk are true to themselves nothing else matters.

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Rodney Pitt

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Rodney Pitt

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II Okay so you get your energy directly from Duke Energy but in some places the cities get theirs from Duke and sell it to their customers.
It depends on what kind of home it is….
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Rodney Pitt

Rodney Pitt My house is totally electrical except gas stove

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Regi Thigpen

Regi Thigpen Show your usage so that people can compare the diffrence

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II How old is it?

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Regi Thigpen

Regi Thigpen 20 plus

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II Regi Thigpen you posted you told me how much your usage fee was. I as asking Rodney Pitt.

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Regi Thigpen

Regi Thigpen Lol sorry..I wanted to show others facts and proof

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II Regi Thigpen other facts and proof in regard to what? You don’t have to be sorry.

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Regi Thigpen

Regi Thigpen Others are just showing their bill amount due but not their usage which is the key like you mentioned earlier

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II Regi Thigpen Ab so lute ly!
And also a 20 year old house but could have been weatherized over the years versus someone else house….
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Elder Speight

Elder Speight My home is approx 49 yrs old…. Now about 90% Weatherized from TOP to Midway….still got do some final work on bottom end …. Hope to save an additional 10-20% more on utilities….

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Regi Thigpen How old is your house Rodney Pitt

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Rodney Pitt 2009

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II The 3 bills here shows what I am trying to prove the usage is the key. Folk ain’t showing the usage.
I notice the taxes and other is not the same. …
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Elder Speight

Elder Speight I’m not showing my bill…bc I don’t wanna offend,,,,I wanna #INFORM….. My home is 90% Energy Efficient since my last upgrade a year ago…. Some one is home 24/7 ,,,,they use a combination of Central heat and Space Heater (for zone heating)…. I u…See More

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Elder Speight

Elder Speight There are 2 Updates I haven’t completed yet, bc I had surgery and it will be awhile before I can crawl back under my home…. Those two Updates include Insulating my Hot Water pipes and Insulating my floors….so I no longer have to concern with freezing pipes or opening and closing my foundation vents… God knows, I DON’T miss those $600 & $700 days

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Elder Speight

Elder Speight By the way Curmilus ….I like how they break down yall bills…

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Elder Speight

Elder Speight Understand this,,,, bro Curmilus ….(this is not directed towards you) But when or if I call my utility company with a concern… I Don’t Get No Hassle nor Run around…. Bc they already Know and have seen for themselves the Work I’ve done to make sure I COVER myself…. along with others I have done work for to bring their homes to Modern code

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Curmilus Butch Dancy II Elder I have no problem with trues directed at me or not. I take in what folk say that can help me.
Thank you for stopping by my page and sharing this good information.

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If you have an Extremely High Utility Bill during extreme weather conditions… It’s normally due to 1 of 2 things…. by Elder Speight

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 …

My Facebook Posts:

Light Bills

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.

Examples

Light Bills
Job Issues
School Issues
Issues, Issues, Issues

Now let that drip!

I will be sitting right here!

Wilson Energy marks $13M in utility bill savings – Wilson Times

Wilson Energy customers have saved almost $13 million collectively in the 10 months since rates were reduced nearly 18 percent for residential customers as a result of the sale of assets to Duke Energy Progress.

“I am just proud of Wilson and pleased to do my part with the legislative delegation on their behalf,” said state Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash. “I don’t live there, so I’m not with the constituents on a daily basis as I am in Rocky Mount, but I’m hoping this savings is a big help across the community, particularly with the citizens who need the most help.”

Before Bryant headed to the General Assembly, she was a city councilwoman in Rocky Mount and served as a commissioner with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency, where she worked to reduce utility costs in Wilson, Rocky Mount and the other 30 member cities. In recent years, she and Sen. Buck Newton, R-Wilson, sponsored legislation to pave the way for the asset sale to Duke. (Wilson Times) 

See related: ElectriCities

Hurdle cleared in utility sale – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: I am so glad to have been a part of finding out about ElectriCities back in the early 2000’s. Carol Batchelor, Lewis Turner, Andre Knight, myself and a couple of others in our group held a meeting at Truth Tabernacle and this is when we found out there was such a thing as ElectriCities. After that time there were a series of meetings held as we learned more about ElectriCities. Thanks to former Rocky Mount City Councilwoman now Senator Angela Bryant and especially Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight who replaced Bryant on the NCEMPA North Carolina Eastern Municipality Power Agency Board where Knight fought hard dealing with trying to lowering of the light bill. Now we didn’t see the merger coming to help with accomplishing mission of lowering the utilities.

ElectriCities has jumped another hurdle in the race to lower power rates for Rocky Mount, Tarboro and other Eastern North Carolina municipalities.

In order for an energy asset sale to Duke Progress Energy to be finalized and electric rates to drop all 32 members of ElectriCities’ N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency had to sign off on the deal.

Rocky Mount approved the sale May 11. Tarboro approved the sale June 1. The final municipality approved the deal late last week.

“This marks another major milestone towards the completion of the transaction,” said David Barnes, chief legal officer for ElectriCities.

The asset sale was enacted by the N.C. General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory in April.

The asset sale and approval of bond issuance to lower debt had overwhelming support from the municipalities anxious to close the transaction and the lower wholesale costs, Barnes said. (Source: Read more)

Governor Pat McCrory Signs NCEMPA Bill In Wilson NC Thursday April 2, 2015

The Political Agitator response: I remember when, Andre Knight, Carol Batchelor some others and myself found out about the ElectriCities back in the late 90’s when we held a utilities meeting at Truth Tabernacle in Rocky Mount. And now this is where we are now! But folks talk about us but all we have ever done was tried to make things better. However we recognized and understood that we had to keep fighting and continue to fight today. Thank you Andre Knight for continuing to fight the good fight. You got on the city council and then you got on the ElectriCities board and basically had to fight by yourself. Although folks don’t appreciate you and often misunderstand you due to ignance, they all benefit indirectly and/or directly. Again thank you my friend!

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