15 November 2010

Utility Update

For the period from October 10 to November 7, our total actual electric usage (not including customer charges, etc.) came in at $28.48. And since we still haven't turned on the heater, the next bill should be even better. (With the outdoor temperature currently at 58 degrees, it's holding steady at 74 inside.)

Unfortunately, despite having only $34.08 in actual utility usage (electricity, water, and wastewater...gas is billed separately), our utility bill came to $93.04 due to all of the various additional charges. Seems like, if Austin Energy were serious about encouraging customers to curb their usage, they would adjust that balance so $5.60 in water/wastewater wouldn't be accompanied by a fixed $17.95 in customer charges. And so on.

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