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My own anonymous letter from FP&L

Name bar Last month, some disgruntled former Florida Power & Light employees (or so they claimed to be) wrote a letter to the folks that regulate utilities in Tallahassee, along with the power company's board of directors.

They said, among other things, that the state's largest electricity provider was keeping its expenses artificially high' so that it could ask the state for an additional rate increase. (FP&L wasn't granted the rate increase it wanted earlier this year.)

It's still not clear if the accusations were clear.

Last month, I got my own anonymous letter from FP&L employees. Granted, I get one every month. It's otherwise known as my monthly bill. But for once, it contained good news for me.

I think.

Because of a fuel rebate many customers should have received, my bill was just $31.47. FP&L knocked off $23.48 thanks to a ruling by the Public Service Commission. You can calculate what you should be getting as your rebate here.

Judging by my bills, you can conclude I don't use much electricity. I have never broken $100, or even $90, even in the depths of summer when I can't go without turning on my central air conditioner running most of the day. But I haven't seen a bill under $35 since I lived in an apartment that lacked an in-unit washer and dryer and water heater.

But when I called FP&L about my bill, the automated system gave me a little jolt. "February bills may be higher than usual since they include high heating usage from the January cold snap," the soft-spoken electronic man told me.

Now FP&L doesn't say the same thing about air conditioners jacking up our bills in July and August, so this message struck me as odd. I just got my February bill, and it was on par with a more typical bill -- a little more than $50. Did you experience the higher-than-usual bill?

I'm guessing wearing three layers of clothing and only occasionally using the heat saved me from getting a real shock to my system.

Posted by Nirvi Shah at 10:00 AM on March 9, 2010 in Housing , Utilities | Permalink | Facebook | Digg | del.icio.us | AIM

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