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Minimum energy charge penalizes efficiency

Posted: August 16, 2012 - 7:46am

I don’t get the rationale behind HEA’s Minimum Energy Charge. They penalize HEA members $9.95 per month if we use less than 150 killowat hours each month.

I have prided myself on building my home to be energy efficient so to be as green as I can as well as saving on my utility bill.

I use 72 Kw hrs on average each month and I get penalized for it? 

Isn’t this backwards thinking? HEA’s reasoning is for their members to share in the costs of HEA. Wasn’t that why they raised our member charge (HEA Customer Charge) each month from $11.35 to $15.00?  

I guess present and future generations of parents will instruct their children to “leave the lights, computer and stereo on when leaving the house.”

There is a HEA meeting in the Homer office on Tuesday, September 14 which starts at 5:30 p.m. Let you voice be heard.

Come out of the dark ages, HEA!

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akal
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akal 08/16/12 - 09:40 am
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hea

they are the uncooperative. too much greed at hea.

kksalm
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kksalm 08/17/12 - 08:04 am
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It's an incentive to waste

I bought a couple space heaters at Trustworthy for my place that never used to get close to the minimum. Now I heat with electricity and save on wood in the wood stove and oil in the Monitor. I'd rather waste electricity than give HEA free money.
Have a wonderful day!

kksalm
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kksalm 08/22/12 - 08:19 am
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This topic goes straight to the back burner

Does HEA have some connection to our media? This is an issue that should be addressed. The Clarion put this opinion piece on the back burner for whatever reason. Ed's question regarding this outrageous invitation to waste electricity needs to be heard.
Peace, out....

Oops, I stand corrected.
Thanks Clarion, for making this opinion piece accessible. I had a hard time finding it before but here it is now. This edit feature is nice too. Thanks!

doka
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doka 08/19/12 - 10:53 am
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thanks Ed

Strange billing tactics. My husband and I wondered the same thing. How long has this billing schedule been in place?

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