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Old 01-31-2008, 04:42 PM
 
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I noticed several people commenting on their Southwest Gas bill increasing this month. For two months now I have recieved outrageous bills:
Nov- Dec. for $190.00 and last month Dec.20-Jan 23rd was $295.03 !!!
Last year the usage was 64 therms opposed to our 172 therms for this last bill. We only have a stove and a furnace hooked up to gas. Our home is only 1500 sq. ft. and we have it set between 65-72 degrees.
We had our unit inspected yesterday (jan. 30) and no problems with our heater.
Southwest Gas "high bill investigation" tech (no, I'm not kidding) came out today and said there is nothing wrong on their end.I find this really hard to believe. How could anyone afford to live in anywhere actually cold????
Does anyone have any insight to what may be going on or how to solve this problem?
Kind regards,
lulubug
p>s. This is my first post on anything..
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Old 01-31-2008, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Its a Surprise!
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My last bill for last month went from $25 (no furnace usage,water heater and cooking and dryer) to about $80 (furnace used at 68 for 6-7 days because i was out of town) So i droped the temp to 63 when i got the bill,i still havent recieved the newest bill yet.

My house is 4100sqft and 2 stories but i have the upstairs off completely and just use the lower one as the heat rises.

Wasnt last year a very cold winter and this year was alot more mild? How did your usage triple?


Ok i just called the automated phone system and my new current bill will be $99

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Old 01-31-2008, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Originally Posted by lulubug View Post
I noticed several people commenting on their Southwest Gas bill increasing this month. For two months now I have recieved outrageous bills:
Nov- Dec. for $190.00 and last month Dec.20-Jan 23rd was $295.03 !!!
Last year the usage was 64 therms opposed to our 172 therms for this last bill. We only have a stove and a furnace hooked up to gas. Our home is only 1500 sq. ft. and we have it set between 65-72 degrees.
We had our unit inspected yesterday (jan. 30) and no problems with our heater.
Southwest Gas "high bill investigation" tech (no, I'm not kidding) came out today and said there is nothing wrong on their end.I find this really hard to believe. How could anyone afford to live in anywhere actually cold????
Does anyone have any insight to what may be going on or how to solve this problem?
Kind regards,
lulubug
p>s. This is my first post on anything..
WTblip?! I don't know what Southwest Gas does in Tucson right now (haven't heard complaints as they're not very common in this country... everybody's greater than great ), but I had gas heating up to a little over 2 years ago and it was really cheap... considering I like it hot, too. Guess I'm glad I don't have to deal with it anymore...
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:36 PM
 
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A few of my friends and myself noticed this last winter. All of our bills tripled than the previous years.
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Old 02-01-2008, 07:53 AM
 
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Default Electric bill

Has your electric bill also increased or just the gas bill?

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Old 02-01-2008, 09:02 AM
 
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No, our electric bill is reasonable. In fact, our electric bill (SRP) for July & Aug was $212.65 and $208.80 respectively. Electric includes A/C, all our regular household appliances, washer/dryer, water heater, AND a commercial refrigerator that is stored outdoors. Which leads me to say again, HOW is our January gas bill in Phoenix,Arizona HIGHER than our electric bill in August????
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Old 02-01-2008, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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lulubug reported:

> ... recieved outrageous bills: Nov- Dec. for $190.00 and last
> month Dec.20-Jan 23rd was $295.03 !!! ... usage was 64 therms
> opposed to our 172 therms for this last bill.

Excellent. You actually read your bill and can figure out how much you use. Most people don't seem to do that.

We moved from Chandler to Albuquerque where it is always 15+ degrees cooler and used 170 therms last month (Dec 27 read date for 30 days) that cost us $186.59 so your _rate_ is quite a bit higher.

> Our home is only 1500 sq. ft.

Ours (Albuquerque) is 2400 sq ft, so you apparently have an insulation/sealing problem.

> electric bill (SRP) for July & Aug was $212.65 and $208.80 respectively.

We tended to use $150-170 in those months (Chandler) for a/c, (2650 sq ft) but our winter heat was also electric. In seven years, we never used more than $70 in January, the most expensive month. That was for 833 kWh. Usually, it was under $60.

Springing for new windows and sealing around your doors would quickly pay for itself.
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:16 AM
 
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MY SWG BILL WAS OUTRAGEOUS!!! Went from 23 dollars the previous month to $135 this month WTF??? The usage graph from last year showed the bill trippling. I keep the therm on 69-71. It just doesn't make any sense
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:48 AM
 
Location: 5 miles from the center of the universe-The Superstition Mountains
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Hmmm. Wonder what SW would think if a few thousand pissed off customers went all electric (or as close as possible)? They probably wouldn't notice unless it was tens of thousands, but there's principles involved. I know the price of natural gas has gone up like everything else, but, being an SRP customer, my electric rates are the lowest available in the valley and they don't seem to jack their rates up as often or as much as SW Gas. We don't use much hot water so we may consider at least changing over the heat some day. I'm interested in seeing next months SW bill since we turned down the heat at night and started shutting it off during the day. Turns out we're only dropping about two degrees in the 10-12 hours its off.
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Old 02-04-2008, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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trudawg reported:

> ... SWG BILL ... OUTRAGEOUS!!! Went from 23 dollars the previous
> month to $135 this month ... usage graph from last year showed
> the bill trippling. ...

Your $23 bill probably included a lot of fixed amounts, so if you tripled your use, it should have only gone up by about $20-30.

Since you don't post your usage numbers (therms + rate per therm) then your information is not very useful.

If you really tripled your gas consumption from one month to another, your house/windows must not be very efficient.
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