No Christmas lights because of price hike

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2007

I too was shocked to receive my October bill. Only my bill wasn't $40 more, it was $130 more. We used no more power then we used in August or September except maybe a light or two more. One of the reasons they gave is that we didn't have enough rain this summer; I'm sorry, but were all Alaska Electric Light & Power staff on vacation in Hawaii? Not enough rain?

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We can't afford to use our Toyo stove this winter because of the price of heating fuel, now we can't afford to heat our house using electric heat thanks to AEL&P needing to pad their budget. We only use heat in our dining room and in one bedroom, leaving all doors open to help spread the heat through the house. Fortunately it hasn't been very cold. We do our laundry after 10 p.m. to help cut costs. We turn off lights that aren't needed.

The biggest disappoint we have is thanks to AEL&P, we will not be putting up any Christmas lights this year (that's right, I said Christmas lights. If you are offended, tough). We have lived in our home for more than 20 years, and this is the first time there will not be any Christmas lights. We need to conserve our electric energy so we can afford to keep our home heated during the winter months.

Thanks, AEL&P, for this very timely increase in our electric bills. I just can't help but think that this is more than a coincidence, heating fuel is up, so more folks will turn to electricity for their main source of heat; what a great opportunity to increase the already inflated rates.

Thea Nelson

Juneau



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