Craighead Electric
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sick and tired

State University, AR

#1 Aug 1, 2008
Does anyone else have CECC and feel that they are price gouging? I live in a single wide 16X80 mobile home and my electric bill is almost $500 this month! We keep our lights off and the air conditioning stays around 80 degrees (I'm afraid to run it any lower). I've put window tint on all my windows to keep the sun out and have done as much as I could to keep the bill low.
The bill use to be less until they installed a new meter a few years ago and then the bill jumped $100 more a month. I've had them come out and do an energy audit and they told me I have something that is using up a lot of amps, but they couldn't tell me what it was.
My theory is they are using my electricity to run their d*mn meter.
I don't know how I'm going to pay my electric bill this month.
Anyone else tired of the monopoly of electricty in the county?
I remember when we use to get a check once a year for dividends but haven't seen one in years. I've heard they use that money for CEO's to go on business trips now and for entertainment purposes.
Guest

Delphi, IN

#2 Aug 1, 2008
Dang, what all do you have running on electricity?
That is an outrageous bill. Is it for one month?
I haven't gotten my bill yet, so I may be doing a little complaining myself
Guest

Lubbock, TX

#3 Aug 1, 2008
If Congress puts limits on Coal fired electric generators Craighead Eletric users will suffer greatly
jfd123

Benton, LA

#4 Aug 1, 2008
Wow...I have about 2000 sq ft, keep the thermostat on 73, and my wife runs the TV all day and our bill was high at $250 this month!(I had the AC at 60 for 3 days trying to dry out the floor after a leak) I'm on CECC too...you REALLY need to figure out what's drawing so many amps!
electric user

Lubbock, TX

#5 Aug 1, 2008
sick and tired wrote:
Does anyone else have CECC and feel that they are price gouging? I live in a single wide 16X80 mobile home and my electric bill is almost $500 this month! We keep our lights off and the air conditioning stays around 80 degrees (I'm afraid to run it any lower). I've put window tint on all my windows to keep the sun out and have done as much as I could to keep the bill low.
The bill use to be less until they installed a new meter a few years ago and then the bill jumped $100 more a month. I've had them come out and do an energy audit and they told me I have something that is using up a lot of amps, but they couldn't tell me what it was.
My theory is they are using my electricity to run their d*mn meter.
I don't know how I'm going to pay my electric bill this month.
Anyone else tired of the monopoly of electricty in the county?
I remember when we use to get a check once a year for dividends but haven't seen one in years. I've heard they use that money for CEO's to go on business trips now and for entertainment purposes.
I am also on Craighead Electric and my bill is higher than normal, but not anything like that. Live in a 2000 square foot house, keep air down on about 74 degrees, run lights and wahser and dryer all the time. I would not rest till they could come out and explain what is going on.
JJ m

United States

#6 Aug 1, 2008
I moved to get away from craighead electric my bill was over 400.00 every month that meter was spinning faster then a pin-wheel. They have the meters on high speed. Yes it is after they change your meter. Watch out. They also will come around and cut the tag then charge you to put another one on. Seen this with my own eyes and the company called me the lier. It was the meter reader that did it.
OMG

Blytheville, AR

#7 Aug 1, 2008
Yeah my bill went up 80 bucks this month. I know it is hot out but I was gone for most of the month with my air turned off! They are price gouging
MeOMyO

Clovis, NM

#8 Aug 1, 2008
I'm on Craighead Electric and got my bill today.$270.00; actually $20.00 cheaper this month. Our air stays on 75 and our washer and dryer runs non-stop practically. I can't believe it went down. Guess I'll pass extra next month!
be damned

Memphis, TN

#9 Aug 1, 2008
they price gouge very bad. last summer, i was in a small 2 bdrm house with only 2 - 110 a/c's in the house and the bill was 100 a month. i move just b/c of them alone. jonesboro CWL never been over 100 a month with my air staying b/w 69-73. Except this winter it went to like 110. But its a monopoly like you said. the only option you have, what are you gonna do except move, like i did.
America First

Russellville, AR

#10 Aug 1, 2008
The big electricity users in your home are usually the air conditioner (heater too if it's electric), electric hot water heater, electric dryer, electric range. Look at your circuit breaker box. Anything that has a breaker that is twice as big as the others is a big power consumer.

If you can, do your laundry late in the evening or early in the morning so your dryer isn't fighting your air conditioner. The same goes for turning on the oven.
CECC hater

AOL

#11 Aug 2, 2008
I HATE CECC!!!!! I also live in a moblie home and my bill was $237 This month. I hate to see the next one. Check your energy adjustment....mine was $45 this month when it's usually around $15. I called them once when it was high, and they told me it was because they bought more elec. than they sold. So not only are we paying for what we use, apparently we are paying for what we don't use!
tanzinika

United States

#12 Aug 2, 2008
THey've always operated like a bunch of crooks.Notoriously high,one of the highest electric cooperatives in this COUNTRY, I've read.
America First

Russellville, AR

#13 Aug 3, 2008
CECC hater wrote:
I HATE CECC!!!!! I also live in a moblie home and my bill was $237 This month. I hate to see the next one. Check your energy adjustment....mine was $45 this month when it's usually around $15. I called them once when it was high, and they told me it was because they bought more elec. than they sold. So not only are we paying for what we use, apparently we are paying for what we don't use!
CECC receives its power from AECC (Arkansas Electric Cooperatives) who actually generate the power and sell it at cost to member cooperatives. CECC is one of 16 or 17 coops in the state who, collectively, control AECC. Each coop has one member on AECC's board of directors.

AECC does not have an unlimited amount of generating capacity. That means that there will be times (usually in the summer when electricity demand is highest) that there simply isn't enough electricity produced by AECC to meet the demands of all of the customers of the various coops, like CECC. When that happens there are two choices. One, turn off electricity to some customers so that others' can stay on. Or two, purchase electricity from another energy provider. When electricity is purchased from another energy provider, it costs more than if AECC produced it, and that cost is passed along to the member coops, and eventually to individual customers, in the form of an energy adjustment on your bill.
tanzinika

United States

#14 Aug 3, 2008
We know all of that already.All we know is: it is one of the highest electric cooperatives IN THE NATION for some odd reason.And it serves no more rural areas than some other states do.
America First

Russellville, AR

#15 Aug 3, 2008
tanzinika wrote:
We know all of that already.All we know is: it is one of the highest electric cooperatives IN THE NATION for some odd reason.And it serves no more rural areas than some other states do.
I'm not sure that it is one of the highest in the nation. I'd be surprised if the costs were much different than any of the other coops in the state, since together they all own the same generating plants.
Local Guy

Newport, AR

#16 Aug 14, 2008
Yes they are total rippoffs!
crazy guy

Paragould, AR

#17 Aug 14, 2008
My bill has actually gone down significantly (knock on wood). Last month is was $165.00 this month is was $216.00 which is alot lower than last year. Last year it would be $300.00 or more. However i recently got a new energy efficent washer and dryer and switched all my light bulbs to the spiral ones. Don't know if that made the difference, just glad its lower! Also we live in Trumann, i know it should all be the same but that may have something to do with it.
Puff

Lubbock, TX

#18 Aug 18, 2008
One thing that can drastically reduce you electric usage is vacuuming the condenser on refrigerator. Dust bunnys, pet hair builds up underneath and causes refrig to work harder. Pull the grill on front side at very bottom and shine light to check the status.
my opinion counts

State University, AR

#19 Aug 18, 2008
My bill tripled to 265, I think I will be moving so I can be on city utilities.
Ya gotta wonder

United States

#20 Aug 18, 2008
You wonder why your bills are so high, I'll tell you. The csr's you talk to make on an average $16.00 an hour if they have been there 10 years. Some have been there quite a bit, longer and are making over $20 per hour.

In addition to that, their health insurance is fantastic, and their employees get 4% contributed to their 401K, plus whatever their salary is, they contribute a percentage each year to a pension plan. Figure out how much it costs you for the inadequate quality of service you get there, and you can figure it out.

I'm no longer on them because I couldn't afford their bills. My total utilities now cost me less than just my electric used to, and I'm living in a larger house.

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