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Alana33
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February 3, 2015 7:43 pm  

PSC (Public Services Commission) needs a look at your bills.
That's hinky with the various rates.


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OldTart
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February 3, 2015 7:53 pm  

The one that was .54 is commercial. All others are residential, including the one at .58.

Have you called WAPA or gone to see them to ask why the difference? I've invariably found them helpful in explaining "stuff".


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rmb2830
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February 3, 2015 8:07 pm  

we've gotten 2 residential at .399 rate, and one commercial at .433. All meters were read on 1/13 with bills that came out last week. Was a drop of ten cents on the commercial rate, from 53 cents the month before, and from 49 cents on the residential bills


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islandjoan
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February 3, 2015 9:00 pm  

Thanks to everyone who replied with their rate!! It sounds promising and I certainly hope my next bill reflects a similar rate decrease.

I was not trying to stir up melee, tho' OT probably has thought of me as a melee-monger ever since I posted about Carlton Dowe last year, based on a false rumor.


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Alana33
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February 3, 2015 9:16 pm  

My goodness!
A melee monger on this forum?
Say it's not true!:D


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islandjoan
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February 3, 2015 9:19 pm  

LOL Alana!(tu)


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OldTart
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February 3, 2015 10:07 pm  

... tho' OT probably has thought of me as a melee-monger ever since I posted about Carlton Dowe last year, based on a false rumor.

Hate to disappoint but I don't hold petty grudges and don't even remember what you're referring to. The comment I made was relevant to the comment you made and nothing more. 😀


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islandjoan
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February 17, 2015 8:48 pm  

OK so I will eat my words.

My current bill shows .3951378 as the kw/h charge.
My usage was only 123 kwh so the lower rate didn't amount to a huge savings, but at least the rate went down as promised.

Hoping the lower rate lasts for awhile...we'll see.


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OldTart
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February 17, 2015 8:57 pm  

Hoping the lower rate lasts for awhile...we'll see.

It's set until June and then is expected to decrease further with the propane switch-over completed and the solar farms operational.


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klpmtm
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February 18, 2015 3:25 am  

Yea!!!


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Anonny-mouse
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February 18, 2015 5:16 am  

Yay is right! I definitely noticed the cost reduction. My bill dropped by $230 last month (saving almost three grand a year if prices hold). If it drops again, the savings really start to add up, which is great. I'm cautiously optimistic. Hopefully it does last.


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Juanita
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February 18, 2015 10:00 am  

Yay is right! I definitely noticed the cost reduction. My bill dropped by $230 last month (saving almost three grand a year if prices hold). If it drops again, the savings really start to add up, which is great. I'm cautiously optimistic. Hopefully it does last.

Wow, that's quite a drop. How much was your bill running before the decrease? Is that a private home, multi-family or a business. Seems like a huge bill, even by island standards.


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Ca. Dreamers
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February 18, 2015 11:27 am  

When we arrived in October of 2012 our first bill was $550+.

After two and half years of adding power saving devices such as changing the whole house to LED lighting, high efficiency pool equipment, converting to the use of propane for my dryer and the current drop in rates.My last bill was $225.00. Oh yeah and the solar WH has helped a bunch also!

Still living the life and not scrimping on life's pleasures!

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vicanuck
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February 18, 2015 11:30 am  

My solar panels are going up starting tomorrow. Next month I won't care about WAPA bills anymore.


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Anonny-mouse
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February 18, 2015 3:38 pm  

Our bill usually runs between $700-$800 per month, with a few each year over $1000, and a few under $700. It is for a single family residence. We are renters, so haven't made any upgrades to the house in terms of saving. We run one fridge, one deep freezer, plenty of lights at night, regular laundry for a family of four, AC and fans in each of the three bedrooms every night year round to stay comfortable and slow the mosquitoes down. We considered trying to cut back on usage, and still use less than if we were stateside, but in a nutshell, it was inconvenient for our (not lavish- basically pretty normal) lifestyle.


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OldTart
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February 18, 2015 4:01 pm  

Our bill usually runs between $700-$800 per month, with a few each year over $1000, and a few under $700.

Wow! That's more than my average restaurant bill was. I was open four days a week with A/C running in the bar and dining area only on those days. But 24/7 I had running two full size refrigerators, one full size upright freezer, one small chest freezer, one HUGE chest freezer, a kegolator (size of a dorm 'fridge) and a full size beer cooler. Other than that had ample lighting inside and outside, washing machine, large electric hot water heater, etc.

Sounds as though maybe your appliances are pretty old and inefficient (I switched out all mine over time for energy efficient alternatives which saved a bundle) and, if you have regular light bulbs you'll see a nice savings there too if you switch to the more energy efficient. Keep the original bulbs and, when you move, switch them back and take the new ones with you.


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Alana33
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February 18, 2015 4:56 pm  

You may want to call them to check your meter.
Can anyone tap into your electricity?

That sounds pretty excessive.
Ask you landlord if he's willing to install timers on your water heater(s). I have 2 timers, one on heater for apt., one for main house.
Now they run a total of 4 hours a day compared to 48. Still lots of hot water tho don't use hot water for laundry.


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CruzanIron
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February 18, 2015 5:28 pm  

Now they run a total of 4 hours a day compared to 48.

Had to laugh. Wish my days were 48 hours long :S


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Anonny-mouse
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February 18, 2015 6:10 pm  

Now they run a total of 4 hours a day compared to 48.

Had to laugh. Wish my days were 48 hours long :S

If there was two of you, they would be!


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Anonny-mouse
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February 18, 2015 6:23 pm  

The landlord is an absentee landlord, and basically doesn't plan on spending any $ on the place. My meter is correct- this is not the first house I have rented here, and have had comparable rates in the other houses. The energy-draining appliances are part of the problem- three old window AC units, one of which is huge, add significant cost each month. These are mine, and probably make up the lion's share of the bill each month. Also, most of the lights in the house are wired with multiple lights per switch- can't turn on just one, have to turn on three lights at a time. On top of that, several of the fan/light combos are hardwired, so if you turn on a light, you get a fan whether you want one or not. Add to that having kids that go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and forget to close their bedroom doors and the ac compressor runs steady instead of cycling, etc and you end up with a bill like mine.


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February 18, 2015 10:42 pm  

Add to that having kids that go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and forget to close their bedroom doors and the ac compressor runs steady instead of cycling, etc and you end up with a bill like mine.

Maybe get some automatic spring loaded door closers that go on the door hinge pins.

Or hang those plastic strips in the doorways like they have for the walk-on freezers.

I like the idea of switching out all the bulbs and save the old ones to put back when you leave. 60W for the price of 13 or even better with LED. And don't forget you pay twice for that 60W, once to heat the bulb and again to cool it with your AC.


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OldTart
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February 18, 2015 11:19 pm  

... three old window AC units, one of which is huge, add significant cost each month. These are mine, and probably make up the lion's share of the bill each month.

Stick them on craigslist and invest in more efficient units - your savings will quickly cover their cost. I did that too, replaced my two old ones and immediately saw a drop in my WAPA bill. An exterior frame had been built for the behemoth of the two and that stayed with no problem while I simply had thick plexiglass from Home Depot cut to cover the interior gap left when the smaller unit popped in there. The newer units are like night and day compared to the old ones, way more efficient and much colder at far less operating expense.


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carole
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February 19, 2015 5:43 pm  

Just got our bill, it went down by $50.00. Bettter down than up.


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stjohnjulie
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August 6, 2015 9:20 am  

Bumping this up since rates were supposed to change again.... just wondering what people are seeing on their July bills. I pay a flat rate, and don't have a separate meter. Our flat rate increased several times over the years and it is supposed to decrease as well. Just wondering the percentage it should be dropping for this bill. Somewhere around 20%? LEAC Change


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OldTart
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August 6, 2015 9:34 am  

July 1 through December 2015 32.1 kWh residential

http://www.viwapa.vi/Home.aspx


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