The rates went up, the birds are gone

10.8.2008 by André Natta · → 3 Comments

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Electric Meter on the Back of the House, MRBECK/FlickrHere’s to hoping that Alabama Power‘s long time spokesbirds, Ben and Mickey, enjoy their permanent trip south for the winter. The state’s Public Service Commission asked that the public utility reduce the amount of advertising they do and focus any new ones on encouraging energy efficiency and conservation. Those will be words that many more APCO customers will embrace as the PSC approved a base connection fee that will raise the average customer bill by $15/month starting in January. That’s after an 8.3% rate increase starting with your next bill raising bills an average of $9.30/month. The good news is that we won’t see another rate increase until 2010.

Photo: Electric Meter on the Back of the House, MRBECK/Flickr

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jenny
jenny

I won't miss those little birds! But I am excited to hear talk of conservation and efficiency measures. When you begin to connect the dots between saving energy and saving money it starts to make alot of sense to folks that aren't out there necessarily hugging trees. Here's hoping for some sound policies and legislation that will provide incentives and ways for folks from all walks of life to weatherize their homes and introduce changes such as efficient lightbulbs and appliances. We all need access to tools for efficiency--not just the weathy elite!

jenny
jenny

I won't miss those little birds! But I am excited to hear talk of conservation and efficiency measures. When you begin to connect the dots between saving energy and saving money it starts to make alot of sense to folks that aren't out there necessarily hugging trees. Here's hoping for some sound policies and legislation that will provide incentives and ways for folks from all walks of life to weatherize their homes and introduce changes such as efficient lightbulbs and appliances. We all need access to tools for efficiency--not just the weathy elite!

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