I should come with a warning sign: Leave alone when temperatures reach higher than 90 degrees. It’s not just the heat that gets me, but knowing as the temperature is rising so is my electrical bill. There goes the work retropay for over seven months. Just in time to pay the summer electrical bills. So correct me if I am wrong, but does it make sense to anyone else that the time when we use electricity most is the time it nearly triples in cost? What kind of convoluted math is that?
My son says its supply and demand. I say it’s pure evil and some red horned minions must be sitting behind a desk laughing at my expense. They don’t even take into account how many people are in the home. There has to be a better system other than everyone is charged the same. This isn’t IRS math. Heck, it isn’t even phone company math, and even they give you a break when adding phone lines.
Last year I called the electric company because I just knew my bill had to be wrong. The woman on the line says, “they [Edison] consider A/C to be a luxury,not a necessity.” My brain just went blank at that. It was over one hundred degrees, but cool air is a luxury. I clearly advised her that this isn’t some third world country and that in the realm of things electricity is the only thing we can actually create without much effort. We use the wind, water, hamsters on spinny wheels . . . it’s a generated resource unlike fossil fuels. She remained silent.
“How hot is it where you are?” I asked.
“One oh nine,” she answers.
“Is your air on?”
“Yes,” she says.
“Is it a necessity or luxury?’
“When it’s this hot its a necessity,” she answers.
And I couldn’t help but wonder what temperature differentiated the line between necessity and luxury? I’d ask them, but I don’t disturb the powers that control my physical thermoregulation. Iced tea and walking around nearly naked not caring who or what sees me . . . it must be a high desert summer again!
Tania L Ramos, RN, Author