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4 More Wins – For You

Posted on 09/17/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsOver the last two years, AARP has saved consumers an estimated $3 billion on their utility bills, protected reliable phone service and fought for stronger consumer protections for all Americans — all as part of our multistate utilities campaign.  And, we’re not stopping there. 4 More Wins for Consumers: As recently highlighted in the New York Times, AARP South Carolina volunteers raised their voices in opposition to Duke Energy’s request for a rate increase that would have increased yearly bills …

One Public Service Commission Puts Excessive Profits before People

Posted on 08/30/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsRemember Paula Wood, the retired, single Alabamian struggling to pay her electric bills? While there has been some good news, things in Alabama aren’t looking a whole lot better. In early July the Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to lower the profit (return on equity) that Mobile Gas is allowed to earn from 13.45% to 10.95%.  While the decision is complicated, this will initially help save consumers like Paula money. The rates for Mobile Gas customers will go down, but, …

$3 Billion Saved – For You

Posted on 07/31/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsFrom Alaska to Florida – AARP is fighting to save you money on your utility bills and protect reliable utility services, for you.  So far, this and last year alone, we kept an estimated $3 billion in the pockets of consumers.  And, that savings on your behalf is why we’re in this.  Whether it’s your electricity, gas or phone: In 42 states, we’re fighting for affordable, reliable, accessible utility service – for you. Here is what’s hot in our multi-state …

Rising Water Rates Concern Older Consumers

Posted on 07/17/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Savings | Public Policy InstituteFor most people, the arrival of an extended summer heat wave brings to mind cooling off by the swimming pool and children running through lawn sprinklers. But for over 100,000 residents of Prince George’s County in suburban Maryland, the summer’s first major heat wave arrived with the news that they will face mandatory water restrictions for several days while the utility makes repairs to a failing water main. And it’s not only water pipes that are creating problems for residents …

5 Things That Will Cost More This Summer

Posted on 06/24/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsThere are plenty of good deals to keep an eye open for this summer, including some of the best prices of the year on everything from jewelry and computers, to ketchup and mustard. See also: Try our Summertime Savings Quiz! But be forewarned that some things will likely cost you more this summer, so adjust your household budgets accordingly. Here’s what to expect: Gasoline: Traditionally gas prices spike during the summer, in part because in certain areas the blend of gasoline …