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Old 08-10-2009, 02:07 PM
 
Location: SATX
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I am moving into my new place at the end of august, do we have an choices on who is our electricity provider? In houston we had a couple of providers and sometimes we used them against each other. Thanks in advanced.
If you are still in San Antonio, you are probably stuck with CPS, many of the outlying areas use GVEC (much better company); but alas, SA is not caught up on the deregulation of energy as Houston seems to be. <This could be a whole 'nother conversation...so I will leave it at that>.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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I am moving into my new place at the end of august, do we have an choices on who is our electricity provider? In houston we had a couple of providers and sometimes we used them against each other. Thanks in advanced.
"being stuck" with cps is not necessarily a bad thing. we moved here from n. tx and would take cps over any of the deregulated companies up there any day. our kwh rate was cut in half from what we used to pay.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:55 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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"being stuck" with cps is not necessarily a bad thing. we moved here from n. tx and would take cps over any of the deregulated companies up there any day. our kwh rate was cut in half from what we used to pay.
Exactly, deregulation didn't work like it was supposed to. CPS Energy rates are WAY lower than deregulated areas across the rest of the state. Be thankful you have CPS and they didn't choose to join in the deregulation. Typical rates around the state are 12-15 cents per kwh. I believe CPS is still under 10 cents.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:58 PM
 
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Family still lives in houston and they pay 9 cents. I guess either way you look at it, you still gotta pay.
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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the one I just got yesterday went down about $100. That's a full month with the new inside coil and a slight bump up of the night-time temperature, but I also had to lower the day-time temperature because I'm working nights.
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:03 PM
 
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My August bill is $196.21. Last month was $164. Single story with about 2,500 sq feet.
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:47 PM
 
Location: SATX
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My August bill is $196.21. Last month was $164. Single story with about 2,500 sq feet.

That is cheap! Do you not run your a/c cold, or are you not home often (turn it up when not there)? Also, wondering, is this a newer home (seems have better energy efficiency). Just wondering how you did so well?
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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my last bill was 130.00, house is 3000 sq ft, 3 years old...energy star everywhere...
family of 3....
In the morning we have it set at 81(which means it doesn't turn on) around 2pm we put it at 78 and keep it there all night till the morning. One of the biggest contributors to high bills has to do with the temperature settings. Our unit cools get this..(2 story) 3 living rooms, 4 bedrooms, 3 restrooms, a dining room and a den. House stays cool all day pretty much, we installed wooden blinds on all windows and curtains. 130.00 has been the highest this summer, last month it was 95.00 and yes we have CPS.
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Old 08-10-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Kallison Ranch, San Antonio,TX.
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Good Evening -I know our CPS Bills can make us cross eyed but have you ever read the bottom of the back page?.

Meter Read Detail (Read= R) (E= Estimated) Maybe some of your bills were estimated. SAWS Estimated Bills several years ago due to a shortage of Meter Readers.
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:05 PM
 
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We have a small home that we rent: 1400 square feet: 2 bedroom, 2 bath: one story. Usually CPS bill is about $100, give or take a few $$. My DH has his masters in HVAC, so he always leaves it at one set degree all day all night: 80 degrees. It's actually very comfortable, and we're never hot. July's bill was estimated, 872 kb (whatever the K is).... this month was read, and it was 2,784!! ::GASP:: So, last month's bill went from $119 to $342. TRIPLE! ::wheeze:: and guess what? it never went off 80 degree setting at all.
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