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Old 04-20-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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Budget plan?? Can you tell me a little about this...
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Budget plan is you pay an average for the entire year. You will pay more when you are not using too much and you will pay less when you are using too much. You can talk to your provider and see if they can do that for you.

What they basically do is look at you past year use pattern and smooth out the fluctuation. You can also do you it you self, just send more when your use is less and it credits you allowing to send less during hot summers (mine the highest at that time). I do that a lot.
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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Budget plan is you pay an average for the entire year. You will pay more when you are not using too much and you will pay less when you are using too much. You can talk to your provider and see if they can do that for you.

What they basically do is look at you past year use pattern and smooth out the fluctuation. You can also do you it you self, just send more when your use is less and it credits you allowing to send less during hot summers (mine the highest at that time). I do that a lot.
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Can't you ask the electric company what the previous tennant's montly rate was to get a guestimate what you'll be paying? (Of course, people use different amts depending on a/c setting, appliances, etc).
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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I don't think they could give out that info...
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:32 PM
 
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I'm on the budget plan with Progress Energy. This is the amount they have come up with to bill for their budget plan. I approximated what the actual is from looking at my bill for the month. When I first moved to Florida 2yr ago my bills were right around $90. to $120.mo. depending on the time of year. I called and asked if their was a budget plan and this is what they came up with. It works for me!
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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If you are renting, make sure you ask how old the AC unit is. I learned the hard way that an old AC unit can cost more than twice as much to run as a newer unit. This is the difference between a summertime bill around $150 and one around $350. No exaggeration. (2 people, top floor unit, 1 bedroom plus loft, partial shade on roof, washer/dryer, dishwasher) The power company will tell you how much the power bill averages on a particular rental unit - remember that generally our summer bills are significantly higher than the winter bills.
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:40 PM
 
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I'm on the budget plan with Progress Energy. This is the amount they have come up with to bill for their budget plan. I approximated what the actual is from looking at my bill for the month. When I first moved to Florida 2yr ago my bills were right around $90. to $120.mo. depending on the time of year. I called and asked if their was a budget plan and this is what they came up with. It works for me!
That's interesting! Anyways, good for you.
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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I just looked at my most recent bill and my actual use was 609 kwh , $87.71. 3-10-09 to 4-7-09with a totla due of $59.00...go figure! I don't get it either but thats what they charge me.
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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If you are renting, make sure you ask how old the AC unit is. I learned the hard way that an old AC unit can cost more than twice as much to run as a newer unit. This is the difference between a summertime bill around $150 and one around $350. No exaggeration. (2 people, top floor unit, 1 bedroom plus loft, partial shade on roof, washer/dryer, dishwasher) The power company will tell you how much the power bill averages on a particular rental unit - remember that generally our summer bills are significantly higher than the winter bills.
That is so true... that happend to one of our neighbors. They had an old AC that was giving her over $200 electric bill. Eventually the AC broke down and the landlord had to replace it. Once the AC was replaced her bill came down a significant amount.
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:54 AM
 
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I have heard of the budget plan here in Michigan where I live. The way it works here is, they average what your last years bills were and then somehow come up with a number, so instead of paying 300.00 in the winter months, and then 70.00 in the summer they have you pay one price all year round.
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