Another consumer rant

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  1. There must be some mistake. I’m experiencing similar utility rate hikes and yet on TV last week I heard the Nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman say that we have no inflation. We both must be doing something terribly wrong for us alone to see what must be only imaginary price increases. On the other hand I’ve heard some people say that since the Treasury doubled the number of dollar bills in circulation, each one will be worth less and will buy less… but that just sounds silly. Although… businesses do charge less for overstocked items. Hmmm… Maybe this Onion News story makes some sense of it all.

  2. Don’t they have any flat-rate programs there? On Long Island, gas (National Grid) and electric (LIPA) run through the same billing center. They have a program where you can sign up for a flat rate for each, which you pay throughout the year. In the summer, my electric would go up a lot from the AC, and in the winter my gas would go up a lot from the heat. Although my summer gas and my winter electric bills are a little more than what they would be, my summer electric and my winter gas are a LOT lower than what they might be, so over the course of the year, I found that I saved money. Plus, I always know exactly how much I am going to pay, with no nasty surprises if there is a particularly hot or cold week.

    1. Nope. Have never heard of a flat-rate program. They do have a rate averaging plan that sort of levels out your payments through the year, but the overall total will be the same. Fortunately the “tiered” rates only apply to the summer months … for now.

      1. Wow. I think “rate averaging” is how they come up with the flat rate here, because my gas bill actually went down a few months ago, when they averaged in last winter’s usage. I used more heat the winter before, and even though last winter was brutal, nothing will get you to turn down the heat like hot flashes!

      2. I don’t think temps this summer have been all that different from last summer, but I just got my latest bill yesterday. It was $250 for the month, vs. $180 for the same period last year. Think how much worse it would be if I threw in hot flashes!

  3. That sucks more than I can say. And I suspect that the rest of us, all across the country, at home all day and living on fixed incomes, will face similar problems very soon. Hall, I already have to deal with frequent power dropouts. And I suspect that fluctuations in the line could be behind some of the problems I’ve been having with my cheap PC. 😡

    1. There are times I think my logic must be breaking down, that the system really is fair and I’m just not seeing it. After all, water rates here are tiered the same way to encourage people to use less water, and that hasn’t bothered me. But still I blame Xcel. And worry that I’ve devolved into what I never wanted to be — a grumpy old woman who just complains all the time about everything.

  4. Samo-samo everywhere, and not a buck to save. Our local government, when I lived in San Diego, told us we had to reduce water usage because of the drought at the time. We did, and did it to the point we reduced it over thirty percent. So what did the local government approve because of it? Water rate hikes, because they were losing revenue over lost water usage. When it come to government and utilities, you’re automatically caught up in a catch 22: damned if you do: damned if you don’t.

... and that's my two cents