Friday, July 16, 2010

I Guess I Shouldn't Complain

I got an email from my good friend Michelle in Phoenix regarding electric bills. She set me straight. Her bill for June was almost $600. She also said she keeps the thermostat at 79F during the day and 81F at night. That is very conservative.

I went to the APS website for Arizona and was shocked to see their rates chart. Some residential plans have rates during peak hours of .50 per kwh. Outrageous.

We have the plan to install solar on our 40ft travel trailer when we finally sell the house and move further out into the country. We know many people who run air conditioning, albeit limited, on solar and battery power. I have said for the last ten years of retirement planning; one thing that will always increase throughout the rest of my life will be energy, both electric and gasoline. What will it be like in 20 more years. Get prepared.

We may go out there tomorrow if I can get the exterminator and carpet cleaner to do their work. The place is in good shape but we want to keep it up . Pictures to follow.

To all my readers and fellow bloggers, have a great weekend. You have all provided me with great reading over the last week.


  1. Our power bill here in BC for June 10 to June 30 (21 days) is $127.50

    it breaks down as:

    466 KWh @ $0.06270/KWh = $29.22 and
    595 KWh @ $0.08780/KWh = $52.24

    To this they add a basic monthly charge of $2.82 and taxes of $9.

    I don't understand the billing periods of 21 days but I am not complaining because the lower rate applies more often than if the billing period were one month.

    The bottom line is here the rates are 6.2 and 8.7 cents per KWh graduated rates.

    We have natural gas for heat and hot water that costs us $121 per month (adjusted annually).

    For the month of June our power was $127.50 and gas was $121.00

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  3. The $127.50 was for the whole month of June. In that month we used 1466 KWh