Yeah my gas bill last month was $41! This month, I dont know how I am going to pay it, it jumped up to $414 I opened it and fell over. I even called the company to come re-read my gas meter, and they did and said it was correct?!?! I dont know how I am going to pay this off.
The reason that will be given on the news will be because of a shortage. You know, this unusually cold winter we're having. Right - with all these wells they've drilled and production at an all time high, but their excuse is always a shortage. Liars!
Folks, the price you pay is due to good old capitalism. Those who need something must compete with others who want it to get it from those who have it. Recall the earlier post about ever increasing sizes of houses. This requires more energy to heat and cool them. If you don’t like the price, use less of it. One option to deal with the "excessive" profits of energy companies is to invest in them. I guess the Republicans who control the government (Texas and US) could organize a push for government regulation of energy - yeah right! That's gonna happen!
I think it's more monopoly and price fixing, than capitalism.
Correct. High gas prices have been talked about for months now...anybody paying half attention, especially if you're in Wise County where gas and gas price issues are better known than most places, should have used less. You KNOW the bill is coming, and you have heard that prices are going up steeply. Yet, I bet you can count on one hand the people that changed their habits accordingly to avoid a huge bill.
m&m, just who is the monopoly? There are numerous large, small, domestic and foreign energy companies. They compete for your business. It's you who run you thermostat too high in your over-sized house and drive too much in fuel inefficient cars. The rest of the world is now adopting our fuel consuming ways and further competing with us for those energy supplies. Get used to increased prices or change your habits.
I think monopoly, because there are not very many ultimate sources for the energy. There are a lot of middle men that we the consumer buy from, but not many different sources from which the middlemen buy from. Why is it that everytime they jack the price up(like with natural gas and propane) their excuse is always low supply, yet talk to guys in the county who work those gas wells on a daily basis and they will tell you they have those well heads choked down to where it is barely coming out. So, if they are able to meet our demands with slow running wells, then they have no right to jack up the price and lie about the reason for doing so, when all they would have to do is turn up the wells if there were truly a shortage.By the way, I purchased four of those oil-filled electric radiater looking heaters in the fall and they work great. We've only used our main furnace twice all winter.
Also, I forgot to address gas and diesel comsumption. Since fuel costs went up, as a nation our consumption has decreased. People drive less and are obtaining more fuel efficient vehicles. Now the Fed's and State governments are trying to figure out how to make up for their loss in tax revenues.
Anon 12:52: I beg to differ. I have no choice but to use gas. I live in a small home, and I have changed my habits considerably. Regardless of the warnings, it doesn't change the fact that I need gas to keep my family warm. The blame needs to be placed on the gas industry, not home owners. It's just plain and simple GREED!!!
I changed my habits. I didn't let the gas run during the day, no matter what the temp outside. I would come home to a cold drafty house. I even switched to Cold Water Tide, so I didn't have to use the hot water, but I have this person saying ppl knew the bill was coming and didn't change habits. Whatever, I am the one who did change and my bill is still over 400 bucks this month. Big change from 40 last month.
I opened our bill, OMG I think I'm gonna have a heart attack! $528.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I bought Chesapeak Energy last year at $10. It's over $30 now. Devon has done likewise. I've made more on the stock than my gas bills have gone up.
Praise the Lord, but my gas bill wasn't any higher than it should of been. Of course, I,too, have changed my habits.
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