Do you notice the electricity bill is going up?

United States
January 15, 2010 2:51pm CST
It seems the electric bills going up from last month, and the cost for this month is around $94.00 for me and sister. Of course, my sister was whining about it, because we are in a budget watch. We try to save every penny we can. I really don't have any idea why it was so much. We didn't turn on all the lights in the house, and we don't watch television day and night. We might turn on the portal heater, but that is only for night time. Have anyone notice about their electricity bill was going up too?
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14 responses
• United States
15 Jan 10
Kidding? When ever does it go down? I wish that our e bill was only $94, how does $400 per month sound? It's one of the things keeping us poor, I have no gas in the car, I cant go fishing anymore, I cant buy cloths, we barely got by with a small Christmas. The power company's are a beast with teeth, and how our government can let these already rich people get even richer on the money us poor people need so badly is beyond me.
• United States
15 Jan 10
$400? That is outrageous, my mom and sister might have a fit on it if the bill ever goes to $400 per month. How did you use your electricity? Did you turn on every single light bulb, or turn on the heater 24/7? I couldn't afford it with above $100.
• United States
16 Jan 10
I know how you feel Bellerophon. Ours was that high for a while. I am not sure where you live, but I would suggest looking on your power company's web site to see if they have programs that will help you out with your bills. I know in Idaho they have two programs one is the Salvation Army and the other one is Lend A Hand. I know the Salvation Army is a nationwide. Also, if you are religious I would also go to your place of Worship and ask them for help. I know my husband and I have done that and we have gotten help. Add me as a friend and I can give you more ideas. I wish there was a way I could try to help you financially, but my husband and I are struggling ourselves. I wish you the very best.
• United States
16 Jan 10
Kingparker, we live on Long Island NY, and LIPA is one of the highest priced in the nation, how the bill gets so high is our home is heated via forced air, we would like to switch to something else but everything is just too high priced plus we can afford to install a new system, and we need the heat because my wife has a condition where she feels cold all the time, she needs the heat & hot bath's to keep her comfortable.
• United States
15 Jan 10
Yes, electric bill always goes up during the winter. If you are running a portable heater that too will cause your bill to go up as they pull alot of energy to run. Another reason is there may of been a rate hike in your area. The cost of fuel has caused a fuel surcharge to be put in place by many electric companies. To help lower your energy usage make sure that you unplug cords to items that are not plugged in such as cell phones or laptops. A small amount of energy leaks out of the cord if it is not charging anything. No sense of paying for something you are not getting the benefit of.
• United States
15 Jan 10
Thanks. I always thought that during certain season, the energy bill always on hike. So, especially during winter or summer time, the energy cost is the highest; just like gasoline from the gas station, isn't it?
• United States
15 Jan 10
Yes, I heard of the cost of fuel making the rate's go up, our PC does it all the time, what I dont get is our PC is nuclear, and what really ticks me off is that last year when the cost of fule went way down, did the cost of electric go way down? Nooooo! It didn't budg! It might have even gone up! So it's ok for them to raze the rates if the cost of fuel goes up but lower it?
• United States
15 Jan 10
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@donsky14 (5963)
• Philippines
15 Jan 10
Our electricity bill went up as well...we stay in this boarding house and the bill is divided amongst the boarders when it exceeds a certain limit. For some reason, the bill went up and it was during the holidays...basically no one was staying in the house. It was so weird that the bill went up.
• United States
15 Jan 10
So, it is safe to say, the energy bill is seasonal thing. The rate charge is base on seasonal charge, and it will be variable instead of flexible, isn't it?
@donsky14 (5963)
• Philippines
15 Jan 10
I'm not sure...but the thing is, there wasn't anyone in the house. So no one was using the electricity.
@vingyan06 (2489)
• Malaysia
16 Jan 10
Hi there, For us, our electric bill is going down, because my kids are having flu and cough, so we have to reduce the usage to on the air cond so to let them recover faster. But I think we spend extra on the medical , consultation doctor fee and I am going to buy some supplement for my kids too
• France
16 Jan 10
It's normal, because it's winter!! My electricity bill for january was 240€. I had the shock of my life :(
@maharlikah (1045)
• Philippines
16 Jan 10
Yes, electricity bill is going up in our country too...We both have the same feeling :-(
• India
16 Jan 10
Yes, no doubt electricity rate are increasing as well so electricity is getting costly. Heater consumes too much light as well which we use in the winter time so i think that is increasing your electricity units. Another device is your computer which also consume too much electricity so try to turn it on only while you use it instead of keep it on all the time.
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
16 Jan 10
Yup, everything seems to go up these days, isn't it. Here in my country, there have already been an announcement that electrical bills are going to shoot up. So yeah.. kind of expecting that sort of thing to happen. See how the monthly bill goes for my household this month and the next. I will study the pattern and learn to save electric usage from there.
• United States
16 Jan 10
Mine is high in the winter but that is only because of the fact that we have electric heat and it gets cold here. I have Rocky Mountain Power and they have a program called Time of Day. This program gives you a new meter and tells you how much electricity you use during the day and at night, The rates are much lower after 10PM during the week and low all weekend. What my husband and I do is shower at night, turn our heat on at night and wash dishes and clothing at night. What I would do is first have someone come out and check your meter. You meter could be old. I would also ask if they have any energy assistant programs to help with your bills (I know the Salvation Army will help and if you go to your place of Worship they may be able to help as well). Ask if they have any programs that have different rates for day and night use.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
15 Jan 10
Yes it goes up in the winter because I have to use my furnace to heat the house. It could possibly be the portal heater that is making your bill higher.
• United States
15 Jan 10
Yea i have noticed it gone up about$50 dollars but thats because were using portable heaters
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
15 Jan 10
Ours too, it went up approximately 15% of our average electric consumptions for the last 12 months. I taught that it will be going down last December since it is colder her in my country that time and our use of air conditioning system will decrease. But I was wrong. The cost per kilowatt increased a few cents and the consumptions did not decrease after all. I think it was replaced by the amount of electricity spend to the Christmas lights and other stuffs related to the festivities.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
15 Jan 10
I really admire you for your efforts to save. That is very admirable. I would like to do that too, but as of now we seem to be wasting a lot of money on unused lights not switched off, etc. I hope to be able to do what you are doing.
• United States
15 Jan 10
I was listening to the news where they said it would be going up. That is here in Ny so I will be expecting mine to get higher. but I also think the space heater would make it go up. Speak to your landlord about raing the heat.