For those curious the actual breakdown of this months bill:
Electricity Supply Service
Generation Services $ 32.10
Fuel Factor @ 0.0218583 Per kWh 17.01
Transmission Services 15.58
Distribution Services 20.69
VA Electric Consumption Tax 1.21
Local Consumers Tax 3.00
Current Balance Due $ 89.59
For this we have a 5kw electric water heater, and a 5kw electric clothes dryer. We also run a dehumidifier downstairs all of the time, and that likely tacks on $15-$20 per month. We also run a little electric space heater in the bathroom sometimes.
We heat with our propane heater primarily, and we now have the propane cook stove. So neither cost electricity, however the tank has to be filled twice per year, at around $400-$600 per fill (under current rates)
In my locale, residents don't fancy the thought of paying a sewer bill. Most people have a tendency to "live in the moment" and they don't think about to tomorrow. It's a big fault with American culture in general. They never maintain their septic systems, and when they fail, the look to the government to bail them out and apply for assistance getting new systems installed... either that, or they think they can just dig a hole and throw some rocks in it like their grandparents did.FranTastic444 wrote: ↑Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:54 pmWhen doing our due diligence on the house we were originally looking to buy in this area we came across minutes from town meetings and other articles that seem to suggest that there are periodic attempts to install public sewers across the whole town, but it always meets with strong local opposition, for some reason.
Septic systems last around three to five decades around here, that's longer than an entire generation. But the problem is many of these houses are at least 50 years old... the original occupants have long since died, and the may now be on its third or fourth owner. Couple that with the various housing crises we've had over the years, people tend to trash houses (and their septic systems) when in foreclosure and we have a recipe for disaster...
To say that we're in "deep sh!t" is an understatement.
So they object to municipal sewer coming in over a proposed tax and monthly sewer bill, but have no issues applying to Uncle Sam for a handout to replace their failing systems...