Here in Connecticut the utility companies are never shy about requesting rate increases. This year the United Illuminating Company that provides us with electricity decided they needed a 50% increase. Somehow the regulatory committee that oversees this electric monopoly agreed that whatever hogwash they were fed sounded good enough to justify the huge price jump. To ease the pain new rates were implemented in three steps with the full amount effective as of July first.
The summertime months of July, August & September bring the largest electric bills since air conditioning is in use. We have been conserving this year and instead of running the air constantly we pop open windows whenever possible. The July bill came and since our consumption was down the total charges were similar to past years.
Well... Mother Nature struck with uncontrollable force delivering many hot humid days during the past month and the damage report just arrived. In years past the typical bill in August would be a little over $300 but thanks to the big jump in electric prices it is now nearly Five Hundred!
I run around the house turning off lights and keep the curtains closed all day to minimize the hot sunlight. Our hot water & clothes dryer is fueled with Natural Gas so I cannot find any ways to reduce usage.... Any ideas?