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#904461 --- 10/25/08 06:47 PM Re: NYSEG alternatives? [Re: abigail]
justaxme Offline
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Originally Posted By: abigail
Any alternatives to using NYSEG in the area?


I wish!! I had a problem and have talked to a half dozen NYSEG reps. It like talking to a wall. I will make yet another trip to their offices and try to speak slower.
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#904544 --- 10/25/08 07:47 PM Re: NYSEG alternatives? [Re: justaxme]
Qwill Pen Offline
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One easy thing you can do that is free is request an Energy Audit through your furnace company that participates in Energy Star. We all pay into it on our gas & electric bills. there is a little line items for it. It is not much - but pooled together over the state makes free audits possible. They will come to your home and do the audit and then give you a list of is recommended or where you are losing the most energy. Some things are simple and inexpensive - like extra caulking around the outside windows and inside frames and things like that. I had mine done by Halso who has an energy specialist who only does these audits.

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#904681 --- 10/26/08 06:39 AM Re: NYSEG alternatives? [Re: justaxme]
jojotaxpayer Offline
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Loc: Ontario County
Originally Posted By: justaxme
Originally Posted By: abigail
Any alternatives to using NYSEG in the area?


I wish!! I had a problem and have talked to a half dozen NYSEG reps. It like talking to a wall. I will make yet another trip to their offices and try to speak slower.


You cannot escape NYSEG as they own all of the pipes/electric lines. Any other 'energy companys' use all of NYSEGS resources and mark them up a few cents and in turn pay NYSEG whatever they want. Sucks because NYSEGs customer service department could not really give a freak most of the time. But no matter who your energy company is it will go through nyseg, and they will still get your money.

You can switch to propane, but it is a hassle and you need one of those big ugly tanks.

NYSEG is the almighty power, and they know it.

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#904682 --- 10/26/08 06:45 AM Re: NYSEG alternatives? [Re: abigail]
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We've found that getting a previously enjoyed woodstove and cutting down obscene amounts of trees on our neglected-by-the -previous-tree-hugging owner has done the trick

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#904719 --- 10/26/08 08:21 AM Re: NYSEG alternatives? [Re: abigail]
colorado Offline
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Registered: 02/18/07
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Loc: NY USA
We have our house zoned so the heat is set at 68 and 64. It kicks on to 68 about 5 am and goes back down to 64 at 8 am when we are at work all day. At 4 pm it kicks back on 68 and goes back down to 64 about 9pm. It really works for us and we are warm when we need to be and cooler at night when we are sleeping. It is much healthier that way. Not sure how this would work if you had kids but it is a way of life and it took us a while to get used to it. We can override the system if we need to. Our bills are not too bad.

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#904803 --- 10/26/08 10:15 AM Re: NYSEG alternatives? [Re: abigail]
Rick-the-Builder Offline
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Originally Posted By: abigail
Any alternatives to using NYSEG in the area? Thanks.


Darkness and cold.
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#904821 --- 10/26/08 10:53 AM Re: NYSEG alternatives? [Re: Rick-the-Builder]
Samuel Offline
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Registered: 02/07/08
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Loc: Potter, NY
Originally Posted By: Rick-the-Builder
Originally Posted By: abigail
Any alternatives to using NYSEG in the area? Thanks.


Darkness and cold.


A gas powered generator
bicycle powered TV
Kerosene lamps and candles
Coal for heat

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#905382 --- 10/27/08 07:21 AM Re: NYSEG alternatives? [Re: abigail]
lotsoftrouble Offline
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Registered: 03/31/08
Posts: 21
Loc: Geneva NY
I have NYSEG and did recieve very large bills my first winter here in NY. It was a shock, because I had never lived anywhere that got colder than 50 degrees, but I realize it was just my energy usage and not really NYSEG.

I did an energy evaluation through a website from my previous electric company, and I found out that things like keeping my computer on most of the day can cost me up to 15 dollars a month and other little things like that that added up quickly.

I do know one thing that NYSEG told me about when I called, is you may be on a certain kind of plan (in addition to average biling), I am on a day/night plan, so my energy usage between 11pm and 7am is a lot cheaper than what I use during the day. So I charge my phone during that time and also do most of my laundry later at night and early in the morning, which is do-able for me because I stay up late. So check what plan you're on. I don't know if anyone mentioned that.

But I also just moved in to a house with Oil heat last year and got another jolt with the cost of that! WOW! I don't know how people here make it! But I am moving back to the good old temperate climate zone soon and the electric bills are definetly not something I will miss 8).

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