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Cable Boxes Continue to be a Giant Energy Hogs

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  1. tenthplanet

    tenthplanet Member

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    There should be no penalties, this is gov't interference I never voted for. While there is some truth to the article, it smells like the energy police making a run for us again.
     
  2. spaldingclan

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    the Pacific NW has the cheapest in the nation ( lots of Hydro power),,I just looked, I pay 6.3 cents for the first 1000kwh and then 6.9 after. My Electric bills never go over 130/month and thats with me running the AC 24/7 all summer in a 2900 sq ft house
     
  3. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    That would be a dream here. My bills are rarely lower than that in my 1350 sq ft condo. With only running the A/C a few hours a day.

    EVen though my rate is only 11.5 cents a KwH, I do know I have it much better than many other parts of the country. But 6.3 cents?! Those seems like rates we had in the 20th century around here. If ever.
     
  4. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    You must be in a cheap spot even for the Pac NW. Here is a web site giving electric rates for all states in 2013:
    http://www.electricchoice.com/electricity-prices-by-state.php
    According to that the 2013 residential rates for Oregon were 10.16 cents/kWh and for Washington 8.82 cents/kWh. Or did the rates go down that much from 2013 to 2014? Granted these are significantly lower than the national average of 12.54.
     
  5. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

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    Is that generation and distribution? It sounds like it, because I think generation is like 11 or 13 or something, and the remainder is distribution...

    Yes, you have a lot, but the other parts of your grid are pretty dirty, so it's a real mix. The concept of "too cheap to meter" was a ridiculous fantasy. Nuclear is expensive, and when you factor in lifecycle costs of the waste and whatnot, they are more so, but when you factor in CO2 emissions, and you look at the density of baseload power generation, you can see why nuclear makes sense, even if it's not the cheapest thing out there...

    CT is 18% renewable, so that would be about 55-60% clean/green, since nuclear is a clean, green, non-renewable source of energy. There are competitive providers that are doing 100% renewable for very similar pricing to what CL&P charges for the standard mix.
     
  6. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

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    The sight you gave had CT at 17 cents/Kwh, you could only get to that price if you used so little power that the fixed $16/month played a big part in your total price, for me it adds about 1.6 cents/Kwh and my total bill is about 15 cents/Kwh at 1000 Kwh per month, I guess if you used only 500 Kwh per month you would get close to that 17 cents, but if you used 2000 Kwh per month you price would down to about 14 cents.
     
  7. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Obviously the figures are averages based on average residential consumption. Here is a web site giving those figures for 2012:
    http://www.eia.gov/electricity/sales_revenue_price/xls/table5_a.xls
    As you can see the average in CT was 731 kWh/month, which is fairly consistent with the 17 cents/kWh, which is also given as the monthly average.
     
  8. spaldingclan

    spaldingclan Member

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    not sure, I just pulled up my bill again. I pay those rates right now through Portland General Electric. In the 10 years I've been in this house, my bills have been pretty much the same
     
  9. spaldingclan

    spaldingclan Member

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    I just realized that I'm not including the 3.9 cents for transmission charge...so I pay around 10 cents a kwh
     

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