utilities

Raise Your Voice Before They Raise Your Rates

Posted on 10/7/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy | Wisconsin Just turning on the lights could be almost twice as expensive if some utility companies in Wisconsin have their way. Madison Gas & Electric (MGE), We Energies, and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPSC), are asking to nearly double the fixed electrical charge on your utility bill each month. This is the fee you pay before using any electricity at all. Many people keep their bills low by turning off lights and keeping close tabs on their thermostat. But customers could lose this …

Do You Qualify for Energy Assistance?

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Vermont Green Mountain Power (GMP) has an Energy Assistance Program that can save low-income customers about $20 a month. Only 18 percent of eligible households have signed up, however, and AARP is encouraging Vermonters on fixed incomes to apply. “Sadly, many people forgo medications and even food to keep the lights on,” said Greg Marchildon, AARP state director. AARP Vermont fought for several years to establish the program, which began in January 2013. The program provides a 25 percent discount on …

Pivotal Issues Face Older Voters

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | New York By Donna Liquori Next month’s election could affect key state and federal legislation of interest to older New York residents, including caregiving, financial security and utility costs. In the race for governor, Rob Astorino (R), the Westchester County executive, is challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo (D). All of the 213 state legislative seats and 27 U.S. House seats are on the ballot. “Legislators’ hearing becomes much more acute during political season, so all New Yorkers need to get engaged regardless of …

Ohio 50+ Voters Worry About Falling Behind

Posted on 09/25/2014 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Advocacy | Ohio COLUMBUS, OH – AARP earlier released an election-year survey showing that Ohioans age 50+ who are likely to vote in the November election worry about their financial futures. Many of those who are not now retired worry that a secure retirement will be out of reach for them. Voters 50+ say they want to see candidates focus on improving their financial security, as they believe their incomes are not keeping up with the cost of living, especially health costs, taxes …

AARP Report: New York on Track for Billion-Dollar Baby Boomer Flight Problem

Posted on 09/8/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Money & Work | New York | Press Contacts: David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org; Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org AARP, City & State Join with Comptroller DiNapoli, State & National Leaders to Look at 50+ Economy & Impact – Problems & Solutions to Boomer Flight Albany, New York – Baby Boomers in New York State’s workforce are set to deliver a whopping $179 billion a year to the state’s economy in their retirement – if they stick around, that is. A new AARP report out today says that 60% of working Boomers …

Telephone service changes

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Colorado | Comments

Advocacy | Colorado Over strong opposition from AARP, the Colorado Legislature passed sweeping changes as to how phone companies can do business in 2014 and beyond. These new laws — called “telecom deregulation” — may change the type of phone service available to you, how much you pay for the service, and whether you can get help from the state if you have a serious problem. Here’s what you need to know: If You Have Telephone Service – From CenturyLink or another traditional …