Commission approves fuel charges that...

Commission approves fuel charges that will lower some electric ...

There are 20 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Nov 7, 2007, titled Commission approves fuel charges that will lower some electric .... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Customers of the state's two biggest electric companies will see their bills go down slightly in January because of lower fuel costs.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Orlando Sentinel.

Gosh People

Lake Mary, FL

#1 Nov 7, 2007
It is about time thank you Lord!!!
Truth

Orlando, FL

#3 Nov 7, 2007
What a saving!!!!!LOL
phillane

Winter Garden, FL

#5 Nov 7, 2007
hey! good news,today. very little,but good.
CityGirl33z

Winter Park, FL

#6 Nov 7, 2007
If Progress Energy overestimated their costs in the past, shouldn't we be getting a larger decrease in our bills? They overestimate but get to keep the extra change? Tell me how that's fair.
Tired of paying

AOL

#7 Nov 7, 2007
I would sure like to know how they came up with the average cost per month. My average is almost $400.00 per month. Most people I know are all paying 250+ per month.
BLANTONA1

Winter Garden, FL

#8 Nov 7, 2007
WhooHoo...gee, now between the $100 (drop like a rock) tax break and the $2 I'll save on my electric bill I will now be able to afford the $3 a gallon for gas.....not.
E Vey

Longwood, FL

#10 Nov 7, 2007
Dick N Snyder wrote:
<quoted text>
how the hell do you pay that much?
In my case, that's an easy one. I live in a Sorenson and Fletcher house. I really like it, but they missed putting insulation in the vaulted ceiling. Can't blow it in, either. So maybe the next time it needs a new roof, I'll have the roofers pry up off the 1 by 6's and put some insulation in there.
BLANTONA1

Winter Garden, FL

#11 Nov 7, 2007
Dick N Snyder wrote:
<quoted text>
how the hell do you pay that much? have you ever tried conservation? Don't complain about how high your bill is when you obviously do nothing to try to lower it yourself. the Highest bill I had all summer was $120 in my 1700 sq.ft. house. Yes i have the air on (but I use a programmable thermostat, and it is set higher when I am not there) How are these people using so much electric?
Well, I don't know about "tired of paying" bills but I can tell you that I have a family of 6 living in a 2500 sq. ft. house and my bill runs about $400 a month average. That's after having the electric co. come out and inspect and I corrected issues they found ie: older appliances, not enough insulation in crawl spaces/attic etc., after being put on budget billing. I have the ac set (programable) at 76 and I am forever going around making sure the kids shut stuff off. When I go through my bills I have consistantly used LESS electric that I did last year with the exception of the month of Oct., I'm assuming it's because we had warmer weather this year than last.

I can say that my bill has doubled since buying this house, when I inquired why the big increase I was told that I am not using any more electricity, it's because the cost of fuel has risen therefore the electric companies pass that increase on to the consumer hence the "fuel charge".
BLANTONA1

Winter Garden, FL

#12 Nov 7, 2007
Tired of paying wrote:
I would sure like to know how they came up with the average cost per month. My average is almost $400.00 per month. Most people I know are all paying 250+ per month.
That cost per month was for 1000 kwh. The average household is about double that. And, 42% of your bill is fuel costs.
E Vey

Longwood, FL

#13 Nov 7, 2007
Haywood Jablomie wrote:
Hope it doesn't break their bank too much.
Maybe one of these days we'll wise up in this country and open utilities to competition....
I would be all for opening the utilities to competition if I thought it would save me money. Sadly, in the states it has been tried, the reverse has been true and electricity ends up costing consumers more than in the regulated states.

And before you start arguing with that statement, all the usual suspected causes for increases and comparisons were controlled for. The promised decreases don't pan out and there is a long list of reasons for that.

When deregulation was being discussed, the Florida Energy 2020 commission (google it) met in Orlando in 2005. I was the only "civilian" there and the only person not wearing a $2,000 suit and $400 shoes.
E Vey

Longwood, FL

#14 Nov 7, 2007
"I was the only "civilian" there and the only person not wearing a $2,000 suit and $400 shoes."

I should have said I was the only person *in the audience* that wasn't wearing ...

The PSC staffers don't earn that much money, but the lobbyists sure do.
LINDA

Longwood, FL

#16 Nov 7, 2007
Dick N Snyder wrote:
<quoted text>
how the hell do you pay that much? have you ever tried conservation? Don't complain about how high your bill is when you obviously do nothing to try to lower it yourself. the Highest bill I had all summer was $120 in my 1700 sq.ft. house. Yes i have the air on (but I use a programmable thermostat, and it is set higher when I am not there) How are these people using so much electric?
YOU ARE ONE LUCKY SOB-I HAVE THE SAME AMT OF SQ FT AND PAY BETWEEN 300.00 AND 400.00 AND YES I CONSERVE EVERY WAY I CAN
LINDA

Longwood, FL

#17 Nov 7, 2007
I ALSO CANNOT LET IT GET TOO HOT INSIDE EVEN WHEN WE ARE GONE CAUSE I HAVE LARGE DOGS.
The Vacuum Cleaner Man

Sorrento, FL

#18 Nov 7, 2007
why is Progress Energy so high ?

This is a monopoly -
and susposedly regulated.
Upbeat

Apopka, FL

#19 Nov 7, 2007
LINDA wrote:
<quoted text>YOU ARE ONE LUCKY SOB-I HAVE THE SAME AMT OF SQ FT AND PAY BETWEEN 300.00 AND 400.00 AND YES I CONSERVE EVERY WAY I CAN
Most whose power bills are higher than the norm for similar homes lead wasteful lifestyles. There are hundreds of websites and thousands of pamphlets which offer tips and methods on how to conserve energy but it begins by developing a healthy respect for your money.
Rene

Tampa, FL

#20 Nov 7, 2007
Wow I'll be saving so much money I can afford a vacation to WDW. Of course I can only afford to stand outside the gates and sniff the popcorn!
SamIam

Orlando, FL

#21 Nov 7, 2007
Yes, this is great news! But what about OUC - They are theeee biggest rip-off!
BLANTONA1

Winter Garden, FL

#22 Nov 7, 2007
Dick N Snyder wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't have any kids but I have a particularly wasteful wife! Anyway I set it on 82 when no one is going to be there. Next I am going to get a programmable thermostat for the water heater. Actually the water heater is quite wasteful and I will be purchasing a new, more efficient one soon. Compact Fluorescent lightbulbs are abundant, and I don't use the heated dry on the dishwasher. Also my house has poured concrete walls which help out a bit too. Of course keeping the blinds closed and computer off during the day helps out a lot too.
Yeah, my water heater is the next to go. When we had FPL come out a couple years ago, my husband refused to replace it since it was only 4 years old, but the heaters are much more efficient than even 6 years ago.

I turn the thermostat up to 80 during the day since it is just my daughter and I at home then (home office) but when everyone is home I let them turn it down to 76 and no more. I've had guys out to check windows/doors etc. but I still can't seem to bring the bill down anymore.

Like I said it averaged $150-$200 before the gas hikes, now it's consistantly about $400, matter of fact I just averaged my bills for the past year and came $406.02 a month. CRAZY, I can't think of anything else to do, my husband just stares at me when I start talking about setting up a system that is solar for the house...lol, but I'm seriously looking into it, seems to make the most sense given where we live, not to mention more enviromentally friendly.
ricky_b

New York, NY

#23 Nov 7, 2007
My home was built in 2003 and I used the higher rated insulation for walls and roof. At 2800 sq. ft. and a family of 7, we pay approx.$260 per month with PE. We are very cost conscious - setting AC to 78 during warm months and 75 when heat is required in Orlando (Mostly in Jan. & Feb). All appliances and electronics (and there's alot of those gizmos) chosen were energy saving devices. It's really simple - do I need that light on in that room if no one is there? who's watching the TV? No one, ok - off it goes! Driveway lighting is necessary only when someone is driving on it. Most used lighting fixtures should have those thingamajiggy bulbs that output same wattage but consume less energy.
ouch

Dallas, TX

#24 Nov 8, 2007
E Vey wrote:
<quoted text>
In my case, that's an easy one. I live in a Sorenson and Fletcher house. I really like it, but they missed putting insulation in the vaulted ceiling. Can't blow it in, either. So maybe the next time it needs a new roof, I'll have the roofers pry up off the 1 by 6's and put some insulation in there.
The vaulted ceiling is part of the problem. Most vaults are nothing but a waste of space. I know, it looks sooo preety! When we had ours built we chose a no vault design and have very reasonable bills. It is kind of like driving a Ford Excursion and complaining about gas prices.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Progress Energy Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Progress seeks rate hikes; New Bern electric co... (Feb '13) Feb '13 ann sorocki 1
News Power companies want to pay less for solar energy (Dec '12) Dec '12 Solarman 2
News Feds launch special inspection at Shearon Harri... (May '12) May '12 Charles 1
Is this a power line hazard? (Apr '12) Apr '12 Howard 2
News SC, NC Regulators OK Duke-Progress Merger Accord (Sep '11) Sep '11 DENO 1
News Progress Energy aiming for 96% restoration by m... (Aug '11) Aug '11 Rhu 1
News Crews from around the nation help to get power ... (Aug '11) Aug '11 marinda lewis get... 1
More from around the web