Duck River Complains That My Bill Is To Low

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JRB

Winchester, TN

#1 Oct 13, 2011
After all of the campaigns we have been bombarded with about saving energy, it is not a surprise that electric providers such as Duck River electric will panic if you really do it.

I set out a couple of months ago to take measures to save on my electric bill. It took a couple of months before it showed up on my bill but I was able to bring my electric bill way down.

Then today Duck River Showed up to change my meter because my bill was way to low. They replaced the new state of the art digital meter they installed last year with one of the old meters.

I want to remind everyone that Duck River is not a private business that can do what ever it dam well pleases. This is a coop of which we decide who is in charge and it is long over do for us to take charge.

It is very difficult to vote these people out because of the way the voting system is organized. We need to join together and change it.

We need to get in leaders at Duck River who have the intelligence to find ways of lowering our rates, instead of finding ways to get more money away from us.

This isn't anything new though, I am sure that is why Winchester set up their own electric company.

So why haven't our city leaders in Cowan and Sewanee done anything? They need to work something out with Winchester to give us a choice.
In the mean time lets completely restaff Duck River with a more consumer friendly employees, that is what they are you know, our employees.
David

Winchester, TN

#2 Oct 13, 2011
Your right we need to get the state involved and Duck river audited. They has been a cash cow for decades.
Lisa

Winchester, TN

#3 Oct 13, 2011
The bylaws need to be changed so that they work for the customers and not the big shots.
Robert

Winchester, TN

#4 Oct 13, 2011
They are all a bunch thief's! They cut my power off after I had already paid it, they said they never received my check. I had to do with out power for almost a week until I got a copy of the check from the bank and showed it to them. Bastards!
lifetime citizen

Winchester, TN

#5 Oct 14, 2011
What all did you do to make such difference?I've had stupid light bills all summer and just replaced my 8seer central unit with a 19seer,went from r19 to r38 attic insulation and eliminated my garage refridgerator,replaced an older upright freezer with smaller chest type.I'm looking for a 50% reduction in my bill!
JRB

Winchester, TN

#6 Oct 14, 2011
I changed out my hot water heater to start with. I went on line and found a tankless gas hot water heater for $550 with all of the vents included.

I had to pay another $500 to have it hooked up, that included a new gas line.

Even though I didn't buy the hot water heater from Elk River they sent me a rebate check about 2 weeks later for $250.

The increase in my gas bill has been only about $18 a month. My electric usage compared to the same month last year was cut in half.

I made other small changes common sense things like not leaving lights burning and being more conscious of air conditioning use, I quit the notion of setting the thermostat at one set temperature and leaving it. I just turn it on when I need it.

I have made other changes since last month and I need to upgrade insulation but if these people at Duck River have decided you are going have to pay a minimal amount, whats the use!

I am really upset about this so much so I am willing to challenge them in court.
More Facts

Winchester, TN

#7 Oct 14, 2011
Gas water heaters are the smart way to go. I cook with gas, heat water with gas, and have my outside grill plumbed for gas. Paid my gas bill today,$23!! BTW, you can't run a gas water heater out of hot water!!!!
MAD Also

Winchester, TN

#8 Oct 14, 2011
I am not only mad about their high rates but practices such as tree trimming.
Each year we have ask them to just go ahead and cut down certain trees but instead they will cutoff a couple of limbs and on one of our trees they cut off the half facing the street, just making the property look awful.
Duck Rivers Manager says they spend a great deal of their budget on tree trimming. I ask him if you have the home owners permission, why don't just cut down the whole tree and be done with instead of cutting them every year. It seem like the cost of tree trimming would go down after a certain point.
If the home owner doesn't want the trees cut, then let him pay the cost of service interruptions caused by their trees.
He pointed to the Forestry Service, apparently the forestry service determines whats going to be cut,ARE YOU KIDDING ME!

I'M GOING TO LEAVE IT THERE.

Since: Jul 11

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#9 Oct 14, 2011
JRB....Are they considering raising the minimum bill? Mine runs about 75 per month and going to get lower soon
JRB

Winchester, TN

#10 Oct 14, 2011
That terminology hasn't been used, but I believe it amounts to the same thing.
If the changes I have already made raised that many eyebrows then whats going to happen when I make big upgrades such as upgrading insulation?
Lillie

Winchester, TN

#11 Oct 14, 2011
The only way we are going to be able to get good rates is with competition.
Right now Duck River can do what they want and there is nothing you can do about it!
It is time to change that.
Bumper

Winchester, TN

#12 Oct 16, 2011
Just show me where to sign I am sick of Duck River!
Pay to much

Winchester, TN

#13 Oct 18, 2011
I am not all all happy with Duck River electric company, no matter how I try I can't get my bill down! If I cut back it will go down a month or two and then back up. I think I know why!
abc

Mcminnville, TN

#14 Oct 18, 2011
just left a county that went with the new meters where they read them at the office.at frist the was setting homes on fire.so they can play with the computers to speed them up or slow them down
lifetime citizen

Winchester, TN

#15 Oct 19, 2011
Actually,the new meters should make your bill go down since this will eliminate the need for several employees.The information from the meter is wirelessly fed into a computer which calculates and prints your bill.As for setting homes on fire,the same was said about telephones when they were first introduced.
JRB

Winchester, TN

#16 Oct 20, 2011
When Duck River came out to replace my meter after they said my bill was to low, they replaced the new meter with one of the old meters. They told me my bill should be less.
I also asked them about the tree cutting.

Duck River says a great deal of the budget is spent on tree trimming.
I talked to their forestry person who determines which trees get cut down and I can tell you he does not like me not one little bit.

I asked the question: Wouldn't it be cheaper to just cut down the trees that homeowners will allow you to cut down instead of repeatably trimming them?

He says they have miles and miles of trees. OK?????

I said: If you are cutting down more than you trim each year wouldn't there be a reduction in tree trimming costs after a few years?

He says: Not everyone will let us cut them down.

I pointed out six very large and potentially dangerous trees that the home owners want cut down, 2 of those trees are on the property of an elderly lady who is on oxygen and barely has any money. The trees are on Duck Rivers right away and diffidently a treat to service.
I also pointed out that those tree are dangerous to the elderly woman because there is a likely hood one or both could fall on her house killing her, That's not an exaggeration.

He says: They only have so much of a budget.

Wait a minute! Wouldn't the cost go down if you start getting rid of the unwanted trees?
I said: It has to cost more each year with pay raises, gas, equipment etc. There has to be more trees every year which means more staff to trim trees. So wouldn't it be cheaper to cut down as many as possible?

He said: Not everybody will let us cut down the trees.

This guy has a great future as a bureaucrat.

He did agree to cut down one tree that was really in the lines.

He does not like me at all!
abc

Mcminnville, TN

#17 Oct 20, 2011
lifetime citizen wrote:
Actually,the new meters should make your bill go down since this will eliminate the need for several employees.The information from the meter is wirelessly fed into a computer which calculates and prints your bill.As for setting homes on fire,the same was said about telephones when they were first introduced.
I worked with the firedepartments the fires i seen came from the meter area
Monty

Winchester, TN

#18 Oct 20, 2011
It does make sense that if you cut the trees down you will not have to keep trimming them.
Nancy

Winchester, TN

#19 Oct 21, 2011
Did they offer to help the elderly lady at all with her trees?
Country

Winchester, TN

#20 Oct 21, 2011
You would think with all the money they charge they could cut those trees down for that old woman, especially when there's a danger to her life. Who ever is in charge should be fired.

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