Rising Concern Over Rising Electric Bills

High electric rates are the main topic of discussion at one city council meeting Monday evening.

Electricities "top brass" will give a presentation to Washington city council members and citizens starting at 5:30 Monday at the Washington Civic Center.

They will talk about ways to reduce energy consumption and give explanations on why bills are so expensive.

Last week, council members from Belhaven and New Bern, along with the City of Washington sat down with Electricities managers to see what could be done to reduce costs.

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  • by Anonymous Location: washington on May 16, 2010 at 03:08 PM
    city of washington is a rip-off; the leaders of our town need to be fired and new ones hired. fire Alan Jordan, that would clean up the drug abuse.
  • by Common sense citizen Location: Washington on May 4, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    to okayherogoes,go to the meetings and do some investigation on your own why the rates are climbing so high,It's not just here it is nationwide and no matter where you go people are complaining about their power bill and their gas bill. If you don't like it here move and complain about some other power company.The smaller the town the more expensive the bill"a given fact"the price of living the simple life. Move to charlotte or raleigh and get the lower bill but bigger headaches.no one will chase you and make you come back i promise. Thank obama and the rest of the democrats for making new power generating facilities almost impossible to afford due to the permits required to build them.Anyway imagine how much money it will cost to invest in green generating plants for our local usage and how much higher your bill would be.UMMMM we did that when we bought into the contract we are in now..A billion bucks will not touch a nuclear facility much less a greener power.
  • by irate Location: Greenville on Apr 27, 2010 at 04:12 AM
    Scoot - I think the concern was a sudden increase when NO wattage was being used. Yes -use the power=pay for it. But when little is being used and the bill is huge, I think that is why people get concerned.
  • by ? on Apr 27, 2010 at 02:24 AM
    This eletric company is a joke. I got caught on there new automated billing system. Read the meter about one week apart then bill you. Did not get the bill before they cut off the power.
  • by okayheregoes on Apr 26, 2010 at 03:47 PM
    Well, what I want to know is why the council is so concerned over conservation efforts with the dinosaur grid when they should be looking to the future and the sustainability issues instead. Washington should be looking to provide for their population without having to rely on buying energy. Put our dollars toward green sources Washington...sources owned by the city of Washington. Look towards the future, don't waste my money putting it into an unsustainable technology.
  • by Scoot Location: here on Apr 26, 2010 at 11:18 AM
    jessica and irate: how do you expect someone at an office to tell you how you are using your power. only you know what you are doing in your home. read your meter daily. be aware of how much your are consuming. usage X rate = bill. lets not get on here and bemoan some loan that happened in the 1970s. it is what it is for us. just like the decisions we make now affect the future. lets hope washingtons board continues to make these efforts to inform their citiznery. not all cities even attempt that. and really couldnt the headline of this article be: local municipalty holding public forum to inform citizens about rate makeup.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2010 at 10:56 AM
    Wow! I am total electric, and my highest electric bill this past winter was $225. Anything to help get it lower, without having to spend thousands to it would be helpful. And I do pay my own bills.
  • by To Jessica Location: Greenville on Apr 26, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    You're right Jessica - see my post below from IRATE. Same situation. The "no one can explain" quote is the truth.
  • by marine mom Location: washington on Apr 26, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    When i saw my bill going up i cut my usage.... i can hosnestly say my bill has gone down for the last 2 months by trying to conserve, not only electricity but water too.
  • by hmmm on Apr 26, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    You can always live like they did in the pioneer days jessica.
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