It felt like someone slapped me in the face when I opened my latest electric bill this afternoon. $227. I have never had a utility bill that expensive. Up until now, the record was around $180.
Our home, which was built in 1971, uses electric baseboard heaters to keep us warm in the winter. While they certainly aren’t the most efficient form of heat, I have been grateful for them over the last couple of years when I would hear about the costs of heating with natural/propane gas.
The reason for the price increase is that our local electric company buys their power from TVA, who decided to raise prices 20% this fall. That is the largest increase in their pricing in 35 years. It seems like it wouldn’t have hurt nearly so bad if they had simply increased their prices slowly over that period of time.
Adding insult to injury, the temperature is supposed to be -2 tonight. It’s currently 8 degrees outside, the baseboard heaters are going full blast, and I’m freezing to death – wrapped in a blanket and sitting in front of a portable electric heater.
Even though it feels like giving blood.