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Old 07-31-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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I received my first DTE bill and was shocked at the amount. I noticed that I used very little electric and gas that totaled about $65 for 30 days. But all the other fees came to $60. There were distruibution, energy optimization, delivery, consumption fees and other fees I didn't know existed. Is this normal? Does everyone get charged these fees? Are the fees the same each month?
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Want to trade? Our last bill was $600.

The fees are normal. They also sometimes "estimate" your usage. Then they come back and claim the estimate was off (always low) and charge you more. At one time, they claimed they had underestimated for two years and said we owed them $2400, then increased that to somethng like $6,700, then it went back down to $1,200. I have no confidence in their metering and billing practices, it seem like they just make up whatever they want to.
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:56 PM
 
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Do they add if the billing was actual or estimate to the statement? Can you request them to do a actual reading? Recently, I moved from NC and never seen all these fees. What is the size of your house? I live in a 1200 sq feet apartment on the 3rd floor. I was looking to buy a 2600 sq feet house. These electric fees have me second guessing a larger home! I'm scared to see the winter bill!!
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Our house is officially 3900 s.f., but in reality it is about 5000. There are some parts they do nto count in the "official" size, but we still heat them.

We do not have central air. We were using two window AC units and they were running pretty much 24/7. THe pool filter pump also draws a lot of power. Still I think they nicreased the rates due to high usage this summer. We normally do not have summer bills this high. $150 - 200 is normal.

In the winter we range from the high $200s to $600 depending on the weather and our habits. Occaisionally we have gotten a shocker bill ($700 - $1000). That is electric and gas combined. Sometimes the shocker bills turn out to be a mistake. One time it was combined with the prior month. THey thought we had not paid, but we had.

I do not know whether the bill says whether they estimate or not. If it does, it is not obvious. But I have to admit we do nto pay a lot of attention to the bill other than the total, and sometimes the comparison to last year useage for the same month.

OUr house is really old. Parts of it are not well insulated. We have a load of kids who do dumb id things like leaving the door open all day in the winter. So your costs for the same size would probably be much less. At 2600 s.f. you will probably be looking at considerably less than half the cost we incur. UNless you heat with oil. My dad uses oil heat, it is insanely expensive.
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:31 AM
 
Location: North of Canada, but not the Arctic
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$2 a day for gas and electricity isn't such a bad deal. Try living without them for just one day. People spend more on a cup of coffee.

I like the fact that all the different fees are itemized instead of bundled together as one rate.
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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Oops, should have posted here instead of in my other thread. Given that I just got hit with $50 for my first WEEK, I'll happily take $65/month...
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Old 08-05-2012, 06:55 PM
 
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The total bill was $130. I used $65 in electric and gas but the FEES were another $60-$65 bucks. I've never seen such high fees.
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