"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-24-2007, 04:48 PM   #11
Master Chef
 
Michael in FtW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 6,592
I've got TXU electric - worse than what Enron charged CA customers! Last month I was running around in thermal underware with sweat pants and shirt, and thick wool socks (I thought it was sexy but most others would probably not agree ... ) ... kept the thermostat about 60ºF, spent a week where the temp in my apt didn't get above 45ºF ... my electric bill was $435! That is about $150 more than the worst bill I ever had - when it was much colder, and for longer!

Whoever said that deregulating utilities stimulates competition and lowers prices should be taken out and hung, IMHO.
__________________

__________________
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain
Michael in FtW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2007, 06:05 PM   #12
Traveling Welcome Wagon
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Somewhere, US
Posts: 15,919
I don't blame you for being upset. That was a terrible increase. We live in a long single-wide mobile home (all electric) and do not skimp on heating and cooling (we don't go nuts with it either, but we like to be comfortable). Our bills have been around $120-$130. They are, of course, lower in the spring and fall and higher in the winter and summer, but from what I have heard from most of our friends around here, we can't complain too much. At this stage of our lives though, we are barely able to get by at these rates. I don't know what we would do if ours went up like yours did. I guess we would be using lots of blankets at night, using the computers at the library, washing our clothes at the laundromat, and washing up and going to the bathroom at the gas station!

Barbara
__________________

__________________
Barbara L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2007, 06:59 PM   #13
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 5,296
I have what I consider a relatively small house.. maybe average, nothing like the McMansions they are building all over the place here in Texas... my bill averages around 300 per month which seems high to me. I have been doing everything to help reduce our monthly bill... swapping light bulbs for compact flouresent, unplugging TVs when not in use, keeping doors closed... you name it, I try to be very conscience about wasted enrgy, I think we barely break even to the rate increases. We have Reliant and can't say I have been to happy with the folks!
__________________
sattie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2007, 08:13 PM   #14
Master Chef
 
Constance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Southern Illiniois
Posts: 8,175
Quote:
Originally Posted by lyndalou
Having moved to Florida from the Adirondacks in New York State, I can relate, Constance. It's such a helpless feeling.... they've got you over the barrel.
How true! Thing being, we happen to own some stock in the company, and they had a 600 million dollar profit last year, so it's not a matter of whether or not they can afford to stay in business.
It's just plain greed and politics. The southern part of the state, from Springfield down, has a much smaller population than the northern part (think Chicago). Thus, we have far less representation in the state legislature.
Add to that fact that Illinois has more than it's fair share of political coruption, and the whole thing comes down to putting money in the right people's pockets.

There are all sort of protests being formed and legal action going on, and even the Federal Housing Authority is saying they don't know what they're going to do.

There are all sorts of protests being formed. I know something's gotta give. Even the state agencies down here are getting hurt.
__________________
We get by with a little help from our friends
Constance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2007, 08:55 PM   #15
Master Chef
 
Chief Longwind Of The North's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: USA,Michigan
Posts: 9,229
Simply put, greed stinks. I hope that enough people will become concerned and rise up that the utility companies will have to listen. The greedy are living large at all of our expenses. It is that kind of behavior that starts revolutions and tumult. Let a significant people suffer injury or death because they can't afford to heat their homes and we'll see action. Of course, then the damage has already been done.

Greed is a sin and is punishable. I hope the law sees it as morally wrong as well.

Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North
__________________
“No amount of success outside the home can compensate for failure within the home…"

Check out my blog for the friendliest cooking instruction on the net. Go ahead. You know you want to.- http://gwnorthsfamilycookin.wordpress.com/
Chief Longwind Of The North is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2007, 12:40 AM   #16
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 43
wow, i am amazed at how much some of you guys have to pay for electricity. i live in minneapolis/st.paul suburbs in minnesota and my electric bill is on average $60 in the winter, closer to $100 in the summer with the a/c on. and we use the a/c alot, my bf is an a/c freak and wants the house at 72 all summer long. we keep the house at 70 in the winter, but we have a gas furnace so that might make a difference why it's cheaper. i guess i never knew people payed hundreds a month just for electricity.
__________________
Kat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2007, 12:47 AM   #17
Traveling Welcome Wagon
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Somewhere, US
Posts: 15,919
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kat
wow, i am amazed at how much some of you guys have to pay for electricity. i live in minneapolis/st.paul suburbs in minnesota and my electric bill is on average $60 in the winter, closer to $100 in the summer with the a/c on. and we use the a/c alot, my bf is an a/c freak and wants the house at 72 all summer long. we keep the house at 70 in the winter, but we have a gas furnace so that might make a difference why it's cheaper. i guess i never knew people payed hundreds a month just for electricity.
Yes, the gas furnace makes a big difference. Electric heating and cooling uses a lot of power. I wish I could use a gas dryer, as they cost a lot less to run. LOL I guess that is kind of a moot point though since my dryer died about 2 years ago! I am getting one soon though, and I can't wait! I just wish it could be a gas dryer!

Barbara
__________________
Barbara L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2007, 10:10 AM   #18
Master Chef
 
texasgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Texas
Posts: 9,497
We have Farmer's Electric Coop. Ours went from $160 to $433 in one month.
__________________

__________________
texasgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.