utilities

Volunteers Say ‘No’ to Utility Hikes

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | California By Ray Huard Hank Povinelli is fed up with rising electric rates. “If I have to pay significantly higher electricity bills, I have to take that money from someplace else,” said Povinelli, a retired information technology executive who worked in the hospitality and casino industry. Like many retirees, Povinelli, 67, who lives in the San Fernando Valley city of Chatsworth, must get by on a fixed income. “We can’t increase our revenue. We have to manage the costs,” he said. …

Fighting for Affordable Utility Rates

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | New Jersey On the heels of power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Public Service Electric & Gas proposed a 10-year, $3.9 billion rate increase to cover the largest utility capital investment project in New Jersey history. AARP and other consumer advocates intervened, arguing the plan was too vague, too expensive and would not benefit most customers. After a year of such efforts, the state Board of Public Utilities approved a $1 billion program that protects consumers against unreasonable rates and …

Southern Maryland: What’s on Your Mind?

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Maryland Southern Marylanders: AARP wants to hear what’s on your mind. Traveling by van, AARP state office staff will visit the largely rural area of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties next month to discuss issues such as retirement security, caregiving and affordable utilities. The events include a networking hour in Solomons Island, Oct. 7; a volunteers breakfast in Charlotte Hall, Oct. 8; and a breakfast in Waldorf, Oct. 9. AARP members and nonmembers alike are invited, as are local elected …

Election Issues: All About the Future

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Georgia By Drew Jubera Georgia’s election cycle has featured candidates bearing some of the state’s most prominent political surnames: Carter, Nunn, Perdue. In the governor’s race, Republican Gov. Nathan Deal is being challenged by Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. In the U.S. Senate race, Michelle Nunn (D), daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, faces David Perdue (R), a cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue. Yet, the Nov. 4 elections are all about the future. For …

Raise Your Voice Before They Raise Your Rates

Posted on 08/29/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

Advocacy | California Southern California Edison wants more of your money. Right now, they’re trying to convince the CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to rubber stamp their request for a nearly $1 Billion rate hike over the next 3 years. In these tough economic times, the last thing we need is an increase in our electric rates. But that’s what might happen, unless you raise your voice now. We need you to act today! Please share how increased utility rates would impact your …

Simple Things You Can Do to Lower Your Electric Bill During Summer Heat

Posted on 08/19/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Home & Family | Oklahoma By JOHNATHAN MAJID AARP Volunteer Although this summer has been noticeably cooler than past years, there is still plenty of time when Oklahoma heat and humidity can make your electric bill soar. There are some simple things you can do to keep your energy bills low when the mercury rises. Radiation from the sun heats up building materials in your home.  Heat – especially from the attic – then travels inside your home where it is cooler. That’s why it’s …