Letter - what can be done to lower power bills

 

To all the folks who get a City of Clinton utility bill. Stop complaining and do something about it. The City of Clinton gets over 75% of its income for 2018 from utility billings; the City of Clinton has not increased property taxes enough over the years to pay for its operations so we pay for City operations through the utilities. The only way to decrease costs is for the City to get new businesses like GE Wind and not another fast food place.

The average consumer can reduce the costs / month at no cost to the consumer by:

1.  going to the average monthly billing program to avoid the up and down spikes

2.  getting the Green Grids installed at your residence; this will help

reduce the cost that the City pays for electricity and keep us away from the purchase price adjustment being charged

3.  paying by check or automatic draft to avoid paying the fees on credit and debit card payments

4.  signing up for billing delivery by Email which will reduce the administrative costs to the City

5.  making sure that the area around your system is not blocked for better air flow

6.  looking at solar power through the state sponsored programs

7.  push the City to review all tax exempt properties to insure that all properties are taxed properly. The City can hire a firm to do the review and pay that firm out of any new taxes paid over a period of time

The consumer can spend money to:

1.  install new air filters

2.  have the system checked to make sure that it is operating correctly

3.  convert from electric heating and cooking to natural gas. CNNGA will bill you over three months for the labor to install and over 12 months for the appliance at no interest

4. insulate and stop outside air penetration

 

James M. Gower

Clinton

 

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