You might not be aware that in the majority of U.S. states you can have your gas bill reviewed by a neutral party in the form of the independent corporation, PUC. It is a process that is non-binding. If you are not satisfied with the results of your review, you may ask for a hearing. If you lose the hearing you can ask the PUC for more hearings.
In the event that you feel that you are not getting value for your money, here are some things that you can do as a consumer to increase your chances of a successful appeal. These steps are helpful for anyone.
Step 1: Review all of the terms and conditions of your utility bill. Make sure that you are paying all of the fees due as required by your utility. You will also want to read through the entire bill in order to determine what right you may have to demand a neutral third party to review your gas bill.
Step 2: If you have a long gas bill, you can ask for a neutral third party review. Most of the time, people who have long gas bills find that they are getting multiple deliveries of energy each month and that they are a frequent customer of the gas company. You are most likely paying more than what you need to, which could be for non-renewable gas.
Step 3: If you find a good deal on a utility rate, you can ask for the same process to be done to your gas bill. You will find that the neutral third party, PUC, rates an independent gas company as a lower rate than what most gas companies charge.
Step 4: If you feel that the neutral third party is not being fair to you, you can ask for a hearing to have your case heard. Many times, it is possible to increase the benefits you receive and ask for a neutral third party to lower the gas bill. You can ask for a neutral third party review and a hearing even when you feel the gas company is not being fair to you. Many times, you can find that it is just a scheduling error that your hearing is not happening immediately. If you ask for a neutral third party review and a hearing is not added to your case, you will want to double check to make sure that there is a conflict. You can ask to have the neutral third party or PUCC add a hearing to your case.
Step 5: You can ask that the neutral third party or PUCC review and lower your gas bill for you. If you have a great gas bill, you will want to do everything you can to keep that happening. However, if you have a large gas bill, you will want to double check to make sure that there is nothing that you can do to save money. You should feel free to ask the neutral third party to review your bill and lower it. You can ask for a neutral third party to review your gas bill and offer to change the date to the same date next year, or lower it by one day if you are close to the cheapest bill date.
Your case can be reviewed every year, depending on the neutral third party’s availability. The neutral third party must be available every year to review your case. You can ask that the neutral third party review and save you money. This process is done when you are at least 6 months from the date you paid for your service. You can ask that the neutral third party review your gas bill and adjust your bill to save you money. The neutral third party does not cost you anything.
Most utilities increase their rates every year, and most people find that they cannot change them. If you find that you cannot adjust your rate, you can request that the gas company make an adjustment to your bill. This process will be done if you are close to or overpaying for your gas bill.
Gas costs are growing much faster than the cost of electricity. For many people the cost of their gas and electric bills is the same every month. You can save much more money by simply decreasing your consumption of gas and increasing your consumption of electricity.
Many people consider the monthly utility bill to be the most important bill they have every month. If you lower your lighting, your cooling, and your heating usage, you can dramatically increase your savings. If you are comfortable with your light usage, you can increase your usage of lighting.
The simplest way to drastically increase the savings is to make sure your furnace and air conditioner are working properly.
To begin the process of decreasing your energy usage and increasing your savings, start by turning off all your appliances that you do not use. Light bulbs and all computer peripherals should be turned off. You should also turn off your lights if they are on. Next you should replace your bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. CFL bulbs burn a little faster and they use far less energy than incandescent bulbs. Another way to save is to install programmable thermostats. Programmable thermostats allow you to program when your heating and cooling are run. Many thermostats are programmable and once programmed, your thermostat saves you money on your energy usage.
If you are concerned about your energy usage, there is a simple way to decrease your energy usage. Start inspecting your air conditioning unit. Make sure that your air conditioning unit is not leaking refrigerant. Leaks can cause big problems for your air conditioning unit and can cause your air conditioner to work harder than necessary. As a last resort, try and refill your refrigerant tank but do not attempt this. Refrigerant is a highly flammable material that can cause severe damage if spilled. A professional HVAC company should evaluate your air conditioning unit. As part of their evaluation, they will lubricate your fan motors, check airflow, and clean the coils.
To keep your house cool when the heat is on, remember the old saying, “You never have to shout to be heard.”