I hate my power company!!!!

@nanajanet (4436)
United States
April 10, 2013 8:23pm CST
We live in rural Pennsylvania and for so many reasons, we can lose electric power. Tonight, there was a light, thunder storm. The first, light breeze, it went out! Thank God we have a generator and I have a portable hotspot for my internet, but it's still a pain in the butt. Our well water works off of electric, so we can't flush, often, or shower, etc. They said it would be back on, in a few hours, but they have said that before. I can see, like when we lose powers during hurricanes, or a blizzard, with downed tress, but a mild storm and sometimes NO storm! ACK!
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@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
11 Apr 13
Sorry to her that. If it happens often there. You would think they could or even would figure it out.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
11 Apr 13
I know, it's very frustrating. It's lack of proper maintenance, I think.
• Mexico
11 Apr 13
Id think if the power was on all the time there, the company would make more money...
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
11 Apr 13
Around here, when we had an ice storm, so many trees fell and took down power lines. There are still some tress, laying on lines. My idea would be NOT to put them near tall trees or cut down or top off, those trees. Just a matter of common sense, yes?
@pals101 (2011)
• Philippines
11 Apr 13
Hmm..Seems to me power is an issue in all countries. We do have some power failures in our country as well. Especially in the rural areas where mostly the power supply could not reach. I guess the power just goes most to the cities. We just have to deal with it, the city needs more power rather than rural areas.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
11 Apr 13
Yes, the more rural areas, like us, are the last to get repair. Sometimes it's not their fault, but there are things that they can do, to insure lines don't come down. Thanks.
@pals101 (2011)
• Philippines
12 Apr 13
Hopefully the government and companies behind this power failures can find ways to solve this issue which has been almost so many decade has come but still was not solved.
@tinym8 (403)
• United States
25 Apr 13
Our power company is horrible too. We also get power outages when there is no storm and we are not in a rural area. When there is a very small storm, especially if it is windy, we get outages that can last hours. The last couple of times there were outages we heard on the news that it was due to squirrels interfering with the power company's equipment. Why on earth can't they prevent squirrels from getting inside their equipment. Doesn't make sense to me at all why they don't seem able to solve that! If we have a large storm....forget it. We can be out for days when that happens. You wonder what we are paying our bill for if they can't keep up their equipment.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
25 Apr 13
We just had one last night, 1:30 am to 3:00 am. Wind and a tree took down a power line. Now why not cut trees near the lines BEFORE they fall. Keeping squirrels out, they can't chew through steel, so that would help.
@bunnybon7 (37400)
• Holiday, Florida
12 Apr 13
it was like that at my daughters in florida. she lived way out in the country 9n and about the woods. mostly because the wiring was so old out that way. so thats likely your problem. the wiring is very old maybe.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
25 Apr 13
Since we live in the country, it's trees falling and knocking out lines.
@AmbiePam (50090)
• United States
11 Apr 13
That sounds like how pathetic cable companies are, so I'm surprised the power company is so bad. The stupid cable or satellite companies seem to go out when it just LOOKS like rain. Although, sometimes when the wind is really going here in Oklahoma I keep a candle handy because it seems once the wind starts going, so does the power.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
11 Apr 13
I know!! I got rid of cable, because it went out more than I did! LOL I understand, with high wind, and evening a lightening strike, hitting something and breaking a line, but the rain had JUST started, and we heard a burst of wind, and it was gone. We did get it back, by 10pm, which was a half hour after they said we would have it. I have to laugh, though, that they ask if you want them to call you to tell you if your power is on. Like I would not know that my lights came back on, unless, of course, maybe the breaker was off. We have our camping equipment, and when, after Hurricane Sandy, we lost power for 2 weeks, or after a huge, ice storm where we lost power for 9 days, they sure came in handy, along with our generator. It's costly to run, but at least our refrigerators did not lose the food and we can cook in the microwave, if it's too cold for outdoor cooking. Our only issue, is water, and when prepared, we fill the tubs for flushing water and I can take a shower at the gym.
@Alisatan (140)
• China
11 Apr 13
It is hard time when power is a power failure. If it often happens, maybe you can ask some neighbors to visit related responsible person to settle the issue asap. You have this right to do this.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
11 Apr 13
There is little to do about it. We have tried. :D
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
11 Apr 13
Wow! Seems to me the lines are either too fragile or too many people are using it that's why it trips frequently. I guess these are the usual problems in the rural areas because we experience that too in our land in the rural area. Generator is really important in those areas and you're not sure when the power will be on. But still, they should provide better service. Perhaps you can ask assistance from the local politician. Have a great mylot experience ahead!
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
11 Apr 13
My husband used to work for the electric company in New York City. He says that the maintenance of lines here, are lax and politicians are useless. Believe me. Thanks.
• United States
11 Apr 13
You could install solar and/or wind at your place. Then, you wouldn't have to deal with the electric company; you also would save money over the long-term. I know that we will be installing solar when we own our own home. My vision is solar with battery backup, a well-designed house, a wood stove and plenty of ceiling fans. I want to build from the ground up so that our home is designed to be energy efficient.