Since I'm new to the area and new to a time-of-use plan from DMEA, I have been tracking my electrical usage. Yes, that means reading my meter every time (four times a day) a rate change occurs.
I do this using an Excel spreadsheet of my design. How else could I have a good idea how DMEA's rate increase affects me, obviously not the average consumer. My results are (from Oct. 29 through 5:30 p.m.
High rate usage — 114 kwh.
Low rate usage — 625 kwh.
So according to my calculations of the cost of my electricity used alone (not counting the $25 + taxes base cost) is:
Current year rates (using some rounding to dollars) — $40 for electricity used on the TOU plan; $70 for electricity used on the regular rate plan
2014 proposed rate plan — $62 for electricity used on the TOU plan, $76 for electricity used on the regular plan.
So the conclusions I draw are:
My electricity-used bill would increase 55% and my advantages using the TOU plan are greatly diminished. This lowers my desire to schedule my usage during off-peak hours and endure lower temperatures during that time. (I have an all-electric home.) Now this is only part of a month (perhaps 3/4 of a month) and it is not the coldest month, so the dollar savings will increase but I would expect the 55% to remain close to the same.
So the statement that the "average" customer will only see a $7 dollar increase is telling the best part of the truth and sweeping the rest under the rug. This reminds me of Washington politics. I spent over $400 setting up my house to take advantage of the TOU plan. Now that's bad enough but I know someone (who perhaps is retired and on a limited income who wants to plan long term) who spent $3,000 to put in an energy storage system to take advantage of the TOU plan only now to see the biggest part of the advantage go up in smoke.
My opinion; thanks for letting me express it.