Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Monday, April 20, 2015

At War with the Electric Bill

Our power company really and truly has a racket going. When the bill comes it has two numbers listed on it, the useage amount and the amount of state tax charged. These two are added to give me the total amount to pay. They like to say that I pay 7-8 cents per kwH. However, if you look at how much you used multiplied by the appropriate rate (tiered rate) then you find that you have been charged almost twice what your calculations should have been. When you call the company to find out why you find there are all sorts of hidden fees within the amount charged under useage. Fuel fees, base rates, several different taxes, etc. You can't win for losing. We dropped our useage down to 640kwH this past billing period. According to the rates we should have been charged 44.80 plus the 3.00 state 47.80. Instead our bill was 90.88. Over 30.00 in hidden fees and taxes. Must be nice to get away with hiding charges and fees from customers. I bet a lot of folks out there would not be happy if they realized what they are really paying and what they should be paying. Why tell people that they are paying 7 cents a kwH when clearly they are not. Isn't that false advertising? Wouldn't that be illegal if any other business did that? So how is it that the power company can get away with it? So we are at war and determined more than ever to give them the least amount of money that we can get away with. Have a blessed day, Kat


Anonymous said...

That's why it's called a monopoly.

The Homestead Lady said...

I would love to pay that amount..LOL...Our bill here, we are on a rural electric service so that makes a difference and we pay well over 200.00 a month usually closer to 300.00 a month...EVERY-SINGLE-MONTH and live in an 1100 sq ft home! 90.00 a month would be a God send...however I agree with you whole heartily about the hidden fees...I agree it is wrong and ALL fees should be disclosed to the consumer!

akhurnu said...

It's horrible. If you have TV, unplug it when not in use. Apparently, even if it isn't on, it's on and draining you dry. Someday, I hope to be off the grid.

Kat said...

We have the tv on a power strip that is turned off when not in use. Vampire loads are small though and don't make up the majority of a high electric bill. If your bill is high look at the biggest offenders first...water heating, heating/cooling, drying clothes, and cooking. Good to see all of you here. Blessings, Kat