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Re: “The cost of electricity is devastating Eastern North Carolina

The problem in Wilson, and I think the same is true Clayton, Smithfield, Selma, Rocky Mount, and Greenville is the fact that in addition to electricity, the public utility also supplies the following services: natural gas, water, sewer, solid waste (including recycling), and stormwater management. For customer convenience, all of these services are on one monthly bill. So, you have people conflating a high "electric" bill with what is really a high COMBINED UTILITIES BILL. I used to lived down east in a NCEMPA city. If I combined my separate Progress Energy (Electric), PSNC Energy (Gas), and Raleigh Utilities (Water, Sewer, Solid Waste, & Stormwater) bills there is not much difference from what I was paying in Wilson Utilities/Energy and what I pay now for similar home. I was paying between $50 and $90 more per month for electricity. That is the DISCONNECT. Compare only the electric charges from any NCEMPA city with what Progress Energy charges and it's roughly 37% more. That is still too much. But add the additional utilities charges and that's where you get a $500 or $1,000 bill. And more specific to the $1,000 bills in the winter fit, they usually fit into at least one of two categories: 1. Those living in older homes built before 1970 with little or no insulation, windows that need glazing or replacement, and that also have older HVAC systems 15 or 20 years old; 2. Those who lack awareness of energy consumption and keep the thermostat at 75 degrees when it's 30 degrees outside in the winter and keep it on 68 degrees in the summer when its 95 degrees outside. I can't tell you the number of homes I've visited where the temperature is so warm in the fall/winter that I'm sweating yet the homeowner or tenant is in bermuda shorts and short sleeves with no socks. The reverse is true during the spring/summer, the houses are ice box cold. The Fall/Winter settings in my home are 66 at night and 70 during the day depending on the outdoor temp. I wear pants, socks, and a long-sleeved t-shirt around the house. Spring/Fall settings are 72 during the day and 76 at night with ceiling fans running to circulate the air.

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Posted by digitalgriot on 02/17/2012 at 4:57 PM

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