utility bills

Spotlight: New Jerseyans Fight Back — and Win Against Higher Utility Bills

Posted on 05/5/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThis is a true story of how New Jerseyans fought back against the largest proposed utility rate increase by the state’s biggest gas and electric company in its century-long history — and won. Just last week, consumer advocates — including AARP — reached a settlement on “Energy Strong,” a PSE&G proposal to harden its electric and gas systems following the tragedy of Superstorm Sandy. The settlement saves New Jersey utility customers $1.6 billion.  A culmination of a more than a …

$900 Million and Counting

Posted on 04/28/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsHave 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, …

Spring Forward: 4 Myths About Daylight Saving Time

Posted on 03/7/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthLet’s hope you’ve recovered from Groggy Monday, the day after we turn our clocks ahead an hour (and lose an hour of sleep) for that  convoluted practice called daylight saving time. Even though studies show that this fiddling with our sleep schedule is a bad idea — a higher risk of car accidents from sleepy drivers during the Monday morning commute, workplace injuries because of tired workers, a spike in heart attack risk — we’re still somehow wedded to “springing …

Smart Solutions to Cold-Weather Home Energy Problems

Posted on 01/10/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGuest post by Claire Easley: With dropping temperatures and winter storms popping up across the country, homeowners may begin to notice energy troubles at home — high utility bills, drafty rooms, inconsistent temperatures inside the house and icicles hanging from the roof. For many homeowners, these problems appear to be the predictable consequences of cold temperatures. But in many cases, the problems are the result of a home’s energy systems. Fortunately, solutions are available, even for older homes. INDOOR PROBLEMS …

Not Enough Households Staying Warm With LIHEAP

Posted on 11/21/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteLow-income households often face challenges in keeping pace with rising energy costs. A recent study shows that despite federal assistance amounting to $3.4 billion, in the winter of 2011-12 low-income households were left struggling to pay $35.1 billion in energy costs. The federal government helps eligible low-income households maintain adequate energy mainly through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP serves to protect eligible families by helping keep their homes warm during winter and cool during summer. Although …

Solar Panels: Rent, Buy or Skip?

Posted on 10/21/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWhether you’re concerned about saving the environment or just interested in saving yourself a few bucks, equipping your house with a solar energy system is an interesting, albeit rather complicated, proposition to consider. The cost of installing a residential solar system has fallen dramatically over the years. Now a number of companies have started programs to lease, instead of sell, solar energy equipment to homeowners, some in partnership with home improvement centers including Lowes and Home Depot. Sign up for …