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WAPA's latest billing - - - short cycling??

 
captpete
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I noticed on my last WAPA bill, it arrived by mail on Tuesday, that I seemed to have done very well in conservation of power!!! My last bill for the previous month was $675.00, a little higher than usual, but had lots of AC's cooling the house, etc.
After a short period of self approval for conserving power and getting the bill down to the $427.00 figure, I came to an immediate halt!!!
The billing period was from August 12, 2008 until August 20, 2008...a grand total of 9 days...WOW. I didn't save a thing!!!
I guess that having almost 100% CF lights, new appliances that are energy star...and setting a short term timer on the water heater did something, but WAPA did more!!
Has anybody else looked at the time frame of the meter reading and the billing cycle.
For the past bunch of years they always come and read the meter about the 12th, I get the bill about the 15th...all is happy.
I should have guessed that something was up...the meter reader was at my house 3 time last month, guess that I should look for another bill in a couple of weeks again!
Now they are short terming the billing cycle, makes for a smaller bill, a psychological euphoria, but what gonna happen when they want the full meter reading for longer terms.
Last bill was about $0.54/Kwhr....guess I have to pay for all those doctors at the hospital who were given free power by the government!
Look at you bill, see what you last billing cycle was...like to know if I'm special or that WAPA is just trying to slip on by us all????

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Topic starter Posted : September 19, 2008 12:22 pm
islandtyme
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For True................you're special!

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Posted : September 19, 2008 12:34 pm
--->JeN<---
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OH YES AND because they are doing that, your bill is due at different days each time they send it. It used to be the 17th for me and every time I get a new bill it's shorter and shorter. That way you can't plan in your head when the bill is due and you are late if you don't pay attention and then owe them more MONEY.

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Posted : September 19, 2008 2:45 pm
terry
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It's just like candy bars. When I was a kid, the candy bars were much larger and much cheaper. Then they started making them smaller for the same money and then just raised the price.

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Posted : September 19, 2008 3:13 pm
heepajeep
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Just make sure it is an actual meter reading for each bill. I suspect they will guesstimate one bill high then actually read the meter for the next billing.

It might also only be a one time thing to re-arrange the meter readers route or amount of meters read per meter reader.

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Posted : September 19, 2008 3:21 pm
dntw8up
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"It might also only be a one time thing to re-arrange the meter readers route or amount of meters read per meter reader."

Or perhaps WAPA is rotating meter readers through a combined course on sensitivity training and small arms handling? After all, the meter readers need some special tools to cope with the customers nowadays. 😀

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Posted : September 19, 2008 6:22 pm
Juanita
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Just think, if they short cycle every month, you will eventually get your bill before they read your meter. Oh wait....that already happens.:X

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Posted : September 19, 2008 7:05 pm
jefgar
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My bill, which I haven't gotten yet but found on-line, is for 23 days: $0.49 per Kilowat Hour

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Posted : September 19, 2008 8:39 pm
Jules
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Uhm, Cap'n Pete,

"...guess I have to pay for all those doctors at the hospital who were given free power by the government!"

Hopefully you were making a joke.

No financial gain is seen by the docs or other staff at the hospital, other than being able to continue their hard (and sometimes uncompensated) work in caring for patients. And if the doc doesn't pay his/her office WAPA bill, power will certainly be cut off.

I too bristle at the thought of the hospitals and other government entities getting a free pass on the WAPA bill, but if power was cut off to the hospital it would not just be financially punitive to the hospital. Patients might die.

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Posted : September 19, 2008 9:45 pm
--->JeN<---
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Juanita! Thanks for the chuckle!!!!

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Posted : September 20, 2008 1:48 am
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