Xcel cares

4 thoughts on “Xcel cares”

  1. And if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck…..
    Wind and solar cost more. Sadly not supporting those and more movement/invention in that technology is the choice people will come to make as more companies do things like this.
    All they offer is shallow surface “help”
    With only one company, you are at their mercy (Something we will be watching and noting for relocation for now that you mention it. 30% is a huge hike on limited income) We have a free market energy here – you have to do some research, but you have choices.
    All that “you can see real time how much energy you are using at any time” was a big promo here a few years ago. DUH. All those people who happily signed up and took those “free” Nest thermostats- without reading the fine print about how they could override your choice of temperature whenever they wanted – those people suffered and were stunned recently when the electric COs decided you could do without for a bit (without any warning) until they decided you could have more AC.
    I hate all these interconnected smart devices (“free! You’ll benefit so much from them!!!”) they promote with soothing voices. Buyer beware. They are not your friends.
    And weird rate plans that may work for some, like industry. Here if you turn off the AC or keep it too hot, you get mold…everywhere. It takes hours and hours to cool down a hot AC…which uses more energy.(There like here there’s been so much home building and new people moving in, COVID lockdowns, and people now working from home – demanding is up – add to that more and more electric cars and it’s only going to get worse. Let’s not get into the huge amount of energy cybercurrency/Bitcoin mining is pulling..)
    Once again, the poorest, the older people, those with medical conditions, and even more and more of the struggling middle class are getting slammed with no recourse
    Monopolies are a bad thing. Hoping for a cooler Aug and fall breezes to arrive for you

    1. In OKC we had one company for electric and a different one for gas. Having just one here is obviously a real problem. Boulder, I think, is trying to set up their own independent power company. At least it’s dry here. Dealt with mold and mildew in Atlanta and don’t want to ever do that again.

      I’ve got to speak up for Nest thermostats. Maybe the freebies had special stuff done to them, but I love mine. Total control without leaving the couch. And there are days I’d be up and down several times an hour without it. I can set a schedule if I want, override or cancel it if I want. It will even switch between heat and cool as needed. I didn’t get it to save money. I got it for convenience. And I have Google Nest mini speakers around the house so I can call someone for help if needed. And have three new Nest smoke detectors waiting to be installed.

      Yeah, you’ve got major power problems there. They crashed during that extreme cold, and are now cutting you off to save power in the heat. Sounds like, bottom line, they just aren’t prepared to do their job of delivering power.

      Yep, fingers crossed for cooler breezes. Any time now. It was 102 today.

  2. Sorry bills are going up, this might sound like a dumb question, every thought of changing companies, to teach xcel they cant just put up prices and expect customers to stay with them

    1. That’s precisely the problem. Xcel is the only option. They sell both the gas and electricity where I live, and for most of the state, I think. And as I recall, the state regulatory agency that might help control the rates is populated by executives from — guess where — the gas and oil industries.

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