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Utilities are becoming more aggressive about collecting money from delinquent customers, leading to a surge in service shutdowns just as economic woes are pushing up the number of households falling behind on bills.
The utilities say they are under pressure to clean out accounts that are weighing down their books at a time when their stocks are being hammered and earnings growth has slowed.
Meanwhile, the increasing number of homes left without power -- which could rise as economic pain deepens -- is beginning to worry some consumer advocates and regulators.
Originally posted by Saf85
Hate utility companies, in reality all they do is sell something they never owned and take cut by adding ontop the price. The national grid companys (gas and elctric) produce and import the gas/power, these middle men (conmen I prefere) come along and broker a deal between you and the true utility company, in return they add a few pence per unit ontop the real price, thats millions a day just for signing a piece of paper on your behalf with the power company!
If you wish to save serious cash, just go direct to the power companys who own the power stations, import the gas etc. You will cut the middle man out and save yourself a lot of cash.
Of course this is all based on my experieance in the UK, the USA may be different?
Alternatively, just look for illegal ways to tap into the electricity before your meter and find a similar type gas meter on ebay, swap it over and swap back before meter reading guy is due lol. Of course this suggestion depends on your morals and character.
Originally posted by kyred
Oh, well. My utility bills have increased each year since forever it seems. About 3 years ago our natural gas cost increased about 50%. Then the next year we were told to expect a sharp decrease in the price because the shortage had been fixed. Didn't happen. And now this year we are to expect another increase in rates. Meanwhile, we haven't used our furnace since March. But I just received a bill for 27 dollars. Somehow we suddenly used gas last month even though the furnace is turned off. It couldn't have accidentally come on due to a thermostat malfunction since I have a light switch type switch on the wall next to the furnace in the cellar which I used to turn it off for sure. (just in case my grandchildren might have gotten cold one day and turned the thermostat switch on before I felt it was time to turn on the furnace) Wonder how they advance that meter? I can't seem to find a way to reverse it on my own.