utility 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 …

The Long Hot Summer

Posted on 06/26/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteThe arrival of summer brings warmer temperatures and more hours of daylight. While some folks are happy to pack away their sweaters and say goodbye to high utility bills resulting from winter heating season, the arrival of summer cooling season heralds a spike in electric bills for others. Expenditures on electricity constitute the largest portion of utility expenditures for older consumers and the cost of running air conditioning in summer is a major contributing factor. Because exposure to extreme temperatures …

Who Pays Some of the Highest Gas and Electric Bills?

Posted on 06/14/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsMeet Paula Wood from Alabama. Retired, once married – now single, supporting herself on Social Security alone, Paula must make sacrifices to make ends meet. But, her electric bills have skyrocketed from $50 to $300 a month in six years. Paula has cut her budget in every possible way. She says, “I also have bronchial asthma, so I have to use power to be able to maintain breathing… If I didn’t have to eat and I didn’t have to breathe, …

Slaying the “Energy Vampires”

Posted on 02/7/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthAs AARP’s Sustainability Manager, Pam Evans has led the effort to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into AARP’s internal business operations. She’s passionate about educating members on the importance of responsible use of resources, and the direct connection between the declining health of the environment and the health of our, and future, generations. There’s the obvious ways we’ve all heard about to reduce our home energy bills, like turning off the lights when we leave a room, using a programmable thermostat, …