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Old 12-14-2013, 05:23 PM
 
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I'm glad I don't have that fee since I'm all electric, but I think any fee that's more then the actual bill is outrageous. And if nothing is owed during a given month there should be no fee at all. People are being legally robbed but not many complain because it's only $10. Its the point not how low the fee is. Plus $10 times XXXX users gives the fat cats a tidy bonus.
I'm all electric too and am paying the ever increasing fee (right now - $10). The fee alone is fine, perhaps. They must maintain the lines. It is wrong to increase it 20% in one year. They increased the rates by 65% since 2006. No kidding. It was 8c now 14c.

I got rid of their pole light as they raised the monthly fee from $12 to $16 and counting, plus tax, plus town franchise fees. No improvements. Used to pay $6 in another state. SCE&G are rip-off. They're building a NPS and want the consumers to pay for it, but we did not get to vote on the decision whether to build it or not. I am thinking going solar, but the sky is obfuscated by persistent contrails (tested the fallout and its usually aluminum, barium and strontium in those things, not good for health to breathe them in) so often that it may not be worth it.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I'm glad I don't have that fee since I'm all electric, but I think any fee that's more then the actual bill is outrageous. And if nothing is owed during a given month there should be no fee at all. People are being legally robbed but not many complain because it's only $10. Its the point not how low the fee is. Plus $10 times XXXX users gives the fat cats a tidy bonus.
The infrastructure supporting gas service to your house has to be built and maintained regardless of how much gas you use, so some base fee makes sense. But yes, what fee is reasonable can certainly be debated.
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'm glad I don't have that fee since I'm all electric, but I think any fee that's more then the actual bill is outrageous.
Duke/Progress Energy has a similar fee. For flat-rate residential, the Basic Customer Charge is $11.50 per month.
http://www.duke-energy.com/pdfs/R1-N...le-RES-dep.pdf
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Cary
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Programmable thermostats--down stairs/upstairs zones--68/70 wake, 65/66 weekday and 69/70 weekend day, 64/65 night. During Holidays when we're all home ~70 degrees during the day. 2250 sq/ft house. Gas heat, gas water heater, gas stove/outside grill.

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Old 12-15-2013, 07:22 AM
 
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Programmable thermostats--down stairs/upstairs zones--68/70 wake, 65/66 weekday and 69/70 weekend day, 64/65 night. During Holidays when we're all home ~70 degrees during the day. 2250 sq/ft house. Gas heat, gas water heater, gas stove/outside grill.
Ours are programmable, too. I always feel a pang of guilt when I open the app to temporarily bump up the heat.
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Cary
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Ours are programmable, too. I always feel a pang of guilt when I open the app to temporarily bump up the heat.
I feel no guilt at all and apparently neither does my wife Most of our upstairs is open to downstairs so we have to tweak throughout the day to get the two systems to work together to have warmth downstairs without baking upstairs. I like open concept, but next house will have more traditional aspects since heating and cooling is an art/science for our home.
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:19 AM
 
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I feel no guilt at all and apparently neither does my wife Most of our upstairs is open to downstairs so we have to tweak throughout the day to get the two systems to work together to have warmth downstairs without baking upstairs. I like open concept, but next house will have more traditional aspects since heating and cooling is an art/science for our home.
Ours has a 2-story foyer and an open staircase. I feel your pain.

We also have a rec room and an office above our garage. Those are very tricky to heat and cool, too.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:52 PM
 
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If only the stove uses gas, install an electric stove and have your gas service disconnected.
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