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  •  This is worst than (2+ / 0-)
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    NonnyO, flurdman

    I can ever remember in my almost sixty years of life.  I remember when public utilities were acutally affordable and that includes phone service.  NIPSCO stands for Northwest Indiana Public Service Company and it has become more like a public monopoly mafia operation.  They should change their name to NIPMMO.

    To make matters worst I got one of those digital meters and I don't know how I'm going from using 287 kwh a month to 1395 kwh a month.  Especially since I have replaced windows, cut my heating, using only one light at a time (led bulb) and unpluged anything with an automatic clock in it.  Nothing is being reflected in my bill.  Now the last three days I have completely turned off my furance and it is 61 degrees in my condo and still in the last ten day that meter is reading a kwh usage of almost 500 kwhs.  I guess I have to stop cooking my food and take cold baths next.  The regulatory board that just gave NIPSCO the rate hike will not do anything and there have been articles in paper of how the regulator is buddy, buddy, with NIPSCO.  Our regulators aren't regulating anything in this country as proven by Elizabeth Warren and her meeting with the Wall Street regulators.  They are all best friends with whatever corporation they are suppose to be watching.  It is insane.

    I've just written my Congressman and I'm documenting everrything.  NIPSCO is telling me it is my heating/furance, but honestly I'm not using my furance.  The only other thing I'm doing is clicking my heels three times and repeating there is no place like home.  Hopefully I'll be transported to a sane place and this is all a bad dream.

    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

    by zaka1 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 09:04:52 PM PST

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    •  Tell them to come out and (2+ / 0-)
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      zaka1, trumpeter

      Check your meter. DEMAND IT. Go to the press and every public meeting they have.

      Something is sucking your power. Either they have it hooked up wrong or somebody has spliced into your circuits.

      It happens. They need to check it and figure out what the problem is.

      •  I have, (0+ / 0-)

        NIPSCO refuses.  I filed a complaint with the regulatory board and NIPSCO refused their request as well.  NIPSCO absolutely will do nothing.  And the regulatory board will not do anything.  I got the new meter because the first two weeks of being in my condo I got a bill for $200.00 for just 14 days and the previous owner had told me he was having spikes in his bills as well.  After a big fight they put this new meter in and told me my old meter was running slow.  I don't believe anything they say anymore.

        I agree that something is sucking my power, but the company won't do anything, and regulatory board refuses to invetigate because NIPSCO won't do anything.  

        I'm helpless and frustrated.  A lot of people are experiencing the same problems with the digital meters their Kwh is doubling and the gas and electric companies are telling their customers to go skip a rope.  It is happening all over the whole country.  

        In my old condo I had the same problems with NIPSCO, I was getting spikes in my gas bill and after six months, ten phone calls, six reports to the regulatory board and a lot of screaming they found my forty year old meter was leaking gas, a lot, due to its age.  I'm so upset, I hate fighting with big companies and especially when I have always paid ahead and was never late.  These gas and electric companies are treating customers like crap.

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 01:29:09 AM PST

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        •  Hire an electrician (2+ / 0-)
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          zaka1, Calamity Jean

          Get the others in the condo association to go together and have them check all the meters. If necessary, have them install a secondary meter inside your unit to measure your usage.

          You need proof that something is wrong. Hell, maybe the press or a local muck raking tv station would be willing to do it, just to get ratings.

          Or turn off the main breaker for a few hours and see what the meter reads. Video it, or get somebody to do it for you so you have witnesses. If its still showing usage when you've cut your power totally, there is most definitely something wrong.

          Power companies normally have to deal with some local govt regulations, so don't forget pressuring your local officials.

          •  Thank you (0+ / 0-)

            and this is exactly what I'm doing.  I'm trying to see if my furance or hot water heater is causing the spikes.  So, I've been turning off the circuit breakers and then turning on certain breakers and writing down the kwhs used on the meter.

            If nothing else I'm going to contact the condo assoication I think they have a electrician that can check the wiring and to see if there is a problem in the fuse box.  Friday the furance man is coming to see if there is a problem.  It is a big process of elimination right now.  

            I called the regulatory board this morning and talked a someone who was very nice and I hope one way or another I can settle this.  It might just be there is something in my condo that is spiking due to a short and all I want to do is find it and fix it.  At least these new digital meters give you some idea if something isn't working right in your home.  

            "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

            by zaka1 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 01:20:34 PM PST

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    •  Then the meter is kaka... (3+ / 0-)
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      zaka1, organicus, melo

      It needs to be replaced with a working meter.

      If your usage has gone waaaay up in spite of you turning off everything when not in use, they're either manipulating things from their end or the meter is broken.

      Demand they replace it with a working meter.

      If that doesn't do the job, contact your local TV outlets, let them know the problem, and they'll do a news story on it and track it to make sure the problem stays fixed.

      Don't know about media "underdog" stories in IN, but in MN everyone loves the good outcome of a story where big business of some sort (very often a utility that has gotten too big for its britches) is caught screwing over the little consumer and there is a "happy ending" to the story - or, at least a resolution of some kind.

      I think your utility company is screwing you over by manipulating the usage numbers, quite frankly.  That's a big no-no, and when done to seniors and/or disabled persons, that does not play well in the media.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 11:51:07 PM PST

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      •  Thanks NonnyO, Right now (2+ / 0-)
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        NonnyO, Calamity Jean

        what I'm do is throwing the circuit breakers and then turning them back on one at a time and writing down the meter readings on an hourly basis.  So far, with the hot water heater and furance off, I'm still clocking 2 to 3 kwhs per hour and if you take that time 24 hours your looking at 48 kwhs per day which over thirty days your looking at about 1,400 kwhs per month which will cost around $170.00.  Which I find amazing because in October for the whole month I used supposedly only 335 kwhs.  Right now I'm documenting.  And I have the furance guy coming out on Friday to check out options and to make sure the furance isn't the problem.

        Others are having the same problems with these digital meters.  Sometimes I think the gas and electric companies are worried that they aren't going to be able to keep up the big bucks once they have to deal with climate change because I suspect wind and solar might be cheaper.  Wind and solar sounds so much nicer than gas and coal. . .

        I was in Menards this weekend and there had to be at least five people looking for alternative ways to heat their homes.  I know a lot of people got hit hard with this rate increase.

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 01:47:39 AM PST

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