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$900 Million and Counting
Posted By Elaine Ryan On April 28, 2014 @ 1:43 pm In Politics | Comments Disabled
Have you ever been hit with sticker shock when you open your utility bill? This winter, many Americans faced skyrocketing energy costs , with bills doubling and tripling  in just a month. Meanwhile, some seniors on fixed incomes still have to make tough choices between paying their utility bill or buying other necessities like food and medication.
That’s why AARP is fighting, in states across the country, for fair and reasonable utility rates . We’re off to a strong start in 2014, already having saved energy customers an estimated $922,538,000. Here’s how:
In New Jersey , Gov. Chris Christie signed a law to protect utility consumers and help them keep more of their hard-earned money. The law, which passed with bipartisan support, prohibits third-party energy suppliers from making false and misleading claims. These practices were leading customers to unknowingly choose variable-rate plans, which sometimes increased their bills.
Over the last two years AARP has saved utility customers an estimated $3 billion on utility bills , protected reliable phone service, and fought for stronger consumer protections.
From California to New Jersey, AARP is fighting for fair and reliable utilities. Check out what’s going on in your state .
Follow me on Twitter @RoamTheDomes  for more news on utilities across the country. And, to stay up to date on our utilities campaign in the states, sign up for the AARP Advocates e-newsletter  or visit your state  Web page.
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URLs in this post:
 many Americans faced skyrocketing energy costs: http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2014/02/28/our-retail-electricity-bill-just-killed-our-summer-vacation/
 doubling and tripling: http://states.aarp.org/turning-up-the-heat-to-afford-utilities-liers-press-skelos-senate-to-protect-consumers/
 for fair and reasonable utility rates: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/affordable-utilities-now/
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 In New Jersey: http://states.aarp.org/aarp-applauds-governor-christie-legislative-sponsors-for-new-law-establishing-strong-consumer-protections-in-njs-emerging-energy-market/
 New Yorkers already pay some of the highest utility bills in the country: http://states.aarp.org/aarp-helps-beat-back-proposed-400-million-con-ed-rate-hike/
 more than 600 AARP utility watchdog volunteers: http://states.aarp.org/aarp-nevada-and-watchdogs-help-avert-proposed-southwest-gas-surcharge/
 In Utah: http://states.aarp.org/category/utah/
 an estimated $3 billion on utility bills: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/31/3-billion-saved-for-you/
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 New Jerseyans are yet again facing : http://states.aarp.org/aarp-to-bpu-crucial-defects-continue-to-plague-fatally-flawed-energy-strong-proposal/
 Minnesota’s: http://states.aarp.org/taking-on-utility-rate-hikes/
 Last week in Oklahoma: http://states.aarp.org/category/oklahoma/
 your state: http://www.aarp.org/states/
 @RoamTheDomes: https://twitter.com/RoamtheDomes
 AARP Advocates e-newsletter: http://action.aarp.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Get_Involved&intcmp=HP-LN-sec9-pos1
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