Tuesday, March 5, 2013


A year ago, I wrote this post about our electric bill(s). In February 2012, we paid $289 for electric which inspired me to make the leap to Constellation Energy as our energy supplier. They gave us a fixed rate of 9.55 cents for twelve months. My, how time flies! I was in denial when I received the renewal notice in January, thinking I had until April, at least.

In January 2013, our bill was $289 - a little higher than I expected, but it was pretty cold all month and we had the heat on in more rooms than normal (like the downstairs half bath & kitchen). But early on Saturday morning, I got my monthly e-bill from Atlantic City Electric and you'll never guess how much it was for.

Seriously, it's crazy. You'll never guess. Unless I've already told you, of course. Just pick a number in your head.

just a friendly reminder from Homer

It was $400!!!!!! $408.15 to be exact. What. The. Fudge. Shut the front door. Expletive after expletive after expletive. The real kicker is we're still using less electric as compared to other homes in our neighborhood!

Yesterday, I went online to see why on earth it was so high. AC Electric charged us about $170 to deliver the electric. Then Constellation charged us almost $240 in supply fees for the month. It boiled down to about 10.22 cents per kilowatt of electricity use. This means we're out of our fixed rate contract and now in the variable rate period. Yesterday, I was ready to cancel my service with Constellation, but after calming down and doing a little more research today, I found they were still about a cent cheaper than AC Electric's current rate of 11.77 cents per kilowatt of use.

I'm going to call Constellation this afternoon to see what kind of rate they'll give us if we renew our contract  for another year. Hopefully, we'll be able to get our original 9.55 rate back, but if not, I guess we'll stick with the current rate.

After all, a penny saved is a penny earned, right?

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