annony Posted September 20, 2011 Share Posted September 20, 2011 Recently due to changes in the power company's billing system, my mother's power bill skyrocketed. Mine didn't. The reason is now because they bill based on "usage tiers" What the power company deems to be a normal usage is billed at the regular rate, and brackets above that are charged higher. I am comfortably within the first billing tier. Not close to hitting the limit, and I don't make my kids play by candle light. I try to buy energy efficient appliances, I use CFL bulbs, I turn things off when I'm not using them etc. My mother asked me for help getting her bill down. I told her what I do to keep mine down. She had an excuse for everything. "CFL bulbs are more expensive, plus I've used regular bulbs for years" "I didn't turn the light out when I left the room because I might go back in there" (even though every light in her entire house is on all the time, plus really, how hard is it to flip a switch?) "I keep forgetting to turn the TV off, I'm used to the noise." "I don't turn the furnace off when I'm out because I want it to be warm when I get home" She is complaining that the power company set the limit unreasonably low, which isn't true. Nobody else in the family has power bills as high as hers. She asked me to help get her bill down, but she isn't willing to change her habits...wth? Did she want me to wave a magic wand and make her usage lower? I'm no good with words, but I'm trying to gently tell her that something has to give if she actually wants help with this. Link to comment
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