Frustrations with rising fuel adjustment costs amid high utility bills

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – WAFF knows that many of you are frustrated with the monthly increase in your electricity bill. So we’ve forwarded your questions and concerns to Huntsville Utilities to determine exactly what’s going on with your rates.

” This is theft. That’s all it is,” Huntsville resident Carlos England said.

England believes the recent spike in its utility bill is unfair.

“They’ll cut it off if I don’t pay it. So I have to pay. »

Due to rising fuel costs, the residential kilowatt-hour rate for June rose to 10 cents, then to 11 cents in July, and will increase another cent next month.

“The fuel cost adjustment exists so that TVA can recoup and adjust when it has to purchase the natural resource needed to generate electricity,” said Gary Whitley, communications and public relations manager at Huntsville Utilities. .

He says utility rates fluctuate monthly based on the price of natural gas and coal.

“This is not a profit boost for TVA or for Huntsville Utilities or any of the local power companies that buy power from the Tennessee Valley Authority.”

Huntsville Utilities tracks exactly how much energy you use because they have installed digital meters at almost every customer’s location.

“Our AMI project for our electricity meters, we are practically finishing it with this project. »

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If your monthly consumption is an estimate, it will be indicated on your bill.

Whitley says there are things you can do to combat rate swings.

“Keep your thermostat set to 78, make sure you change your filters in your HVAC system, that you’ve had the HVAC system serviced for the year, and use ceiling fans to cool down.”

If you’re looking for other ways to lower your bill, you can monitor your energy usage for up to 15-minute intervals.

You can find a video tutorial here.

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Eleanor C. William