Posted On: Monday - September 19th 2022 9:49AM MST
In Topics:   Economics  Liberty/Libertarianism  Big-Biz Stupidity
Here's the gist of what came in the mail from the power company, in a completely separate letter from the bill, mind you:
Yeah, it was a hot month, maybe a little hotter than the one last year, and we splurged with the A/C, meaning keeping it in the high 70's instead of 81 or so. The unit is pretty dang old. It may need a recharge of refrigerant, and about 1/3 of the fins are crushed in.* I! GET! THAT! I! LIVE! HERE! YOU! DON'T!
I do not need this nanny state Big Biz power company chiding me about my bill. First of all, as "green" as they may act, they'd LUV LUV LUV for people to use more power. The infrastructure for delivery of it is in place - they just got done with some expensive and hairy - if you ask me - work of replacing some old poles in the back yards. If you do all that, you want to use them. If they really need to put more NG units on line, that'd be great business for a monopoly, as they are.
The thing is, I KNOW I paid more - I write out the checks! I look at the numbers on the bills. Yes, that's old hat now, writing checks**. Now, do people who do autopay see the numbers? I assume they get a statement of their power use, if not on paper, then in an email.
It's basic economics. If I pay the bills, I WILL be concerned about power use, hence my cost, going up. That doesn't apply, however, to those getting free rides due to the usual reasons. Sending them this extra letter in the mail won't help them either, because THEY DON'T CARE. (There's another post coming about being a landlord).
I don't know if there are many Americans anymore that understand the whole idea of the free market and the invisible hand and prices as information. Does this company understand that, or are they just virtue signaling, with the cost of these additional mailings being absorbed into the ever rising electricity rates?
I don't need a nanny. Let me handle my electricity use, mmmkayyy?
* There's more to this. I used to comb the condenser fins outside, and I've cleaned out the evaporator inside - it's a split system - though it was pretty clean anyway. (They used to make some great stuff - it's a York unit.) However, we have other plans. Perhaps charging the system would be a good idea, but the unit and more may not be long for this world for other reasons.
** Somewhere on this blog I've mentioned something else about this. It's about a buck for a check and a stamp. Time is involved. I used to pay 4 - 6 months ahead for this reason, but stopped during the Kung Flu PanicFest when there was talk of "forgiveness" of bills coming. The hell if I was going to get screwed on that deal, so I let myself get behind. (It didn't pan out, thankfully.) I may go back to the pay-ahead deal on 2 of the Big Biz bills - they seem pretty reliable in not screwing me as of late.
[UPDATED 09/23:] The unit in the house is a York. I had written Ruud, which is the brand of water heater in said house - that thing has also lasted a long long time.]