It’s just as well the wi-fi dropped out before I dove through the phone line to kill the rep on the other end. It wasn’t her fault but I was losing my grip and she was the only game in town. Of course, the wi-fi went down (again) and the call dropped.
I got a $300 electric bill this month which follows a $292 bill for last month. How, you might ask could we actually be using that much energy? Well, it turns out, we aren’t. National Grid decided to “drop” Clean Choice as a provider and added on a ton of extra charges for distribution and transmission. Neither Clean Choice nor National Grid saw fit to mention this minor detail to us.
A Moment in Time
This was the bill:
National Grid Svcs: $157.04
Other supplier Svcs: $143.51
What does this mean? The amount of electricity I’m using cost $143.51. The $157.41 is what we pay to National Grid for transmission services, clean energy assessment, distribution charges, energy efficiency charges, et al. Of course we are already paying Clean Choice for their all-green electricity and it was just this year, National Grid decided to add all all those new charges to punish us for not buying our electricity from them. They won. We really are on a limited budget.
The $157 is what we pay for National Grid’s services and doesn’t include electricity. The $143 is for actual electricity from Clean Choice.
Customer Charge – 7.00
Dist Chg 0.07519 x 1071 kWh – 80.52
Transition Charge -0.00085 x 1071 kWh – -0.91
Transmission Charge 0.03902 x 1071 kWh – 41.79
Energy Efficiency Chg 0.02198 x 1071 kWh – 23.54
Renewable Energy Chg 0.0005 x 1071 kWh – 0.54
Distributed Solar Charge 0.00396 x 1071 kWh – 4.24
Electric Vehicle Charge 0.00064 x 1071 kWh – 0.69
Total Delivery Services – $157.41
We run only three small air conditioners, but use two dehumidifiers to prevent mold. We don’t have cable boxes or video game controllers. We don’t have a full-size freezer, though we sure could use one. Our hot water is made through the boiler and doesn’t use additional electricity.
The thing that started this is Clean Choice. They are raising their rates by 10 cents per KWh which is a big price jump. Meanwhile, National Grid raised their service charges by about $35/month since last year. When they tell you that you’re paying more this year than last, they allow for the weather and they say otherwise, you are using more electricity. But actually, you’re using pretty much the same amount of electricity, but the National Grid’s prices are up. They never count that in their calculations. They do very interesting math.
Last years service charges were about $125/month. This year they are about $155/month. So the weather accounts for $30 (it was a very hot summer) and their raised charges are the rest. Otherwise, we are using more economical appliances — new boiler, new range, new fridge, new windows, new doors. The house has fewer drafts. We use entirely energy efficient LED lights and only run two loads of laundry a week.
It doesn’t matter. Everyone is going to get whacked by higher electric bills because it’s hot. Really, really hot. It will get hotter until we all are stewing in our own juices. Not a pretty picture.