I opened the envelope and read,” Greetings and salutations from your electric company.” I don’t ever expect that they will be that cheerful and I do not own any stock in the company so it is not my electric company.
The note went on to say that, I would be nice if I would send them a check for $70 with in the next couple of weeks or they might be less pleasant next month.
A nifty little bar graph shows how much power we used in each of the last 13 months. I notice that a year ago we used 10% less than for the current month this year.
How can that be after all those Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) I installed? We have a new low energy refrigerator and the weather was mild.
Oh yes, we did have a house full of family staying a few days this time around including two grandchildren. That would explain the difference.
I remembered seeing our son with his head in the refrigerator every few minutes, just like when he lived at home. Our son in law did not use much energy as he caught up on sleep while vacationing from his work. Our daughter stayed up most of the night tending to her new baby and keeping the hard drive on my computer singing. Our two-year-old grandson had to see and hear everything.
Right there on the bill it says I pay 6.3 cent per kilowatt-hour. I’ll bet some of you folks out there on the east and west coasts wish you had rates that low. For 566 kWh they want me to pay $68.25. Doing the math that comes out to 12 cents per kWh. That includes the customer charge, delivery charge, and transition charge what ever that is. I think the transition is from my pocket to their pocket.
What they really mean is that the next kilowatt-hour I use will cost 6.3 cent plus some other charges.
Way down at the bottom of the bill is the secret as to why it was a more expensive month this year than last year. A year ago, they had 28 days in the billing period and this year there were 31 days included in the bill. So our usage was 18 kWh per day both years. We used the same daily amount and had the grand children visit.
Wow, we did good.
In spite of have five additional people in the house for several days we used the same amount of power per day.
Just goes to show you that you really have to read the bill to understand what you are paying for.
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