American Electric Power Complaint - Bill to high - electricity utility

Review by lorene on 2007-01-22
GALAX, VIRGINIA -- I work a dead end job and cannot afford these high electricity bills i can not afford to pay 300 a month for my electricity that is how much my check is and i only get paid twice a month these people need to consider peoples quality of living all the factory jobs that actually pay are going out of business and the only places left to work are walmarts and gas stations until we get paid like a factory worker they have no right to expect us to pay this.
Comments:16 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-01-27
Posted by S on 2007-01-22:
The cost of gas and electricity is getting a bit out of hand. We've seen our bills go from $200/month (combined) to over $600/month. We've stopped using our gas fireplace all together and rarely cook with our stove any more. It is almost cheaper to eat out!
Posted by D. on 2007-01-22:
Most Electric and Gas companies have programs for lower income people. Have you checked with them for any programs they may offer? If you check the internet for "energy assistance" you should find some programs that may be able to help you. Good Luck...hang in there!
Posted by N. on 2007-01-22:
And check to see what is using the most electricity in your home. Maybe one of your appliances (like a tv) can save energy if you unplugged it. Vacuum the coils under or behind your refrigerator. Change your lightbulbs to the screw-in flourecent type. I know they cost more so maybe you could replace just one a month. It all adds up. If you have other people in your house see what they can do to reduce the electricity usage. Good luck.
Posted by S on 2007-01-22:
Good advice Noneill. We started using those screw-in flourecent bulbs. They were actually cheaper and are suppose to last longer, and save money. We also use to leave a lot of things on like lights, computers, fans, etc. Now we are more conscience of those things. The little things add up to savings.
Posted by Slimjim on 2007-01-22:
They will expect it from you if that's the amount of power you are using. $300 a month is high, especially for a smaller place, which I would guess you have considering what you have left for rent/ mortgage. I assume you are talking present time and have electric heat. Bottom line, your are going to need to cut back on that bill by your own actions. Call your power company to ask about programs or pamphlets available to help conserve. Do not even bring up the service cost. It's the same throughout the state and probably comparable throughout the US.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-22:
Yah!!! What Slim said!!! Turn your thermostat down to 40...unplug the fridge, go to bed at sunset and get up at sunrise why ever turn on those pesky lights anyway. Electricity is a privilege not a right. There are plenty of people in third world countries who have never heard of home electricity, ya know the same ones who have those manufacturing jobs you're writing about. Economic Darwinism – sink or swim or freeze I guess but it's okay cause corporate profits and CEO compensation is at an ALL TIME HIGH! That should keep ya warm at night.
Posted by bill on 2007-01-22:
You make $600.00 a month. For a 40 hour week you are making $3.75 an hour, but that is below minium wage in every state so you are not working 40 hours a week. Instead of complaining that everything is too expensive, how about working a 40 hour week like the rest of us do.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-22:
Bill if you're going to be an ignorant AH at least get your math correct. 600 dollars a month equates to 3.44992812649 per hour based upon a 40 hour work week. Of course the poster was talking about bring home pay so without more info it's impossible to compute the exact gross hourly rate but I don't think that was the point of the review.
Posted by Slimjim on 2007-01-22:
Stew, does it honestly matter what the real gross pay was? Bill has a point. Someone who is trying to live on $150 a week has bigger problems to address before their electricity rate.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-22:
The math skills of some of the senior m3c members is atrocious. 600 dollars a month comes out to $137.99 a week not a $150. Granted, I'm a math major but honestly I thought this stuff was covered in like the sixth grade.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-22:
Hmmmm. I sure thought that super models got paid more than minimum wage. It's a good thing that her "daytrading" hubby is rich!
Posted by Justusryan on 2007-01-22:
With my thermostat on 75-80 degrees in the winter and two PC's running non-stop, and a house that is all electric, my bill this month was $95. Where the heck is this lady getting her juice?
Posted by *Brenda* on 2007-01-22:
I keep my thermostat on 70 degees and I leave all the lights on all the time. My house is all electric and my bill for last month was $130.00. That's with Christmas lights too!
Posted by SilverWngs71 on 2007-01-23:
We have The computer running all the time, however we do have those screw in Light bulbs in both table lamps and the lamp above the pc. I have the kids shut off tv from 7:00am to 3:30 pm (school) Weekends they can turn on from 10am to 8pm. We have our thermostat set at 70. Since I pay the stupid bill I am sure I have never paid over $75 a month for it. I too had Christmas lights up. Now we don't have a House YET, (give me a year and half) but for now it's a respectable $75.00.
Posted by D. on 2007-01-27:
With all due respect to those commenting...the issue here is not what your electric bill is, but Lorene's...that's why she posted this...telling her what our bills run each month isn't going to help her with her bill. There are some good advice given on how one might cut their usage down some. We don't live in her household, she may have already cut down to everything but the necessities. Checking what kind of programs are available in her area would be her first step.
Posted by D. on 2007-01-27:
You may be able to get a good deal on a woodburning stove in the summer months...and get settled for the next winter season, if woodburners are allowed where you live at...if you're unable to afford a new one, you can check your classified ads for a good used one...sometimes people will sell theirs when they remodel thier homes.

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