Why are we here?
Written by K. W. Hoot
I ran across some information when researching trends in electric rates across the country. Electric prices, like almost everything, go up. That's not at all shocking and I can even understand that lately they have gone up faster than they did over the previous several decades.
As I was reviewing historical prices, I found some information published by the Energy Information Administration that really deserved some sharing. But what good would it be to share this information if there was no way to do something about it? So the idea of KWHoot.com was born. First let me show you what I found.
It's simple really, over the past 20 years and over the past 10 years, it seems that when prices increased this increase was divided up between the residential (homes), commercial (business) and Industrial (large manufacturers) groups of customers. But over the past five years the increases have gone to the residential customers and not to the other two groups.
I repeat, over the past 5 years electricity prices have gone up for your home, but not for big businesses. Seems to me that there is something basically wrong with this picture and somebody needs to do something about it.
Well, I wanted to say something, but who do you talk to? Who is going to care that one person is bothered by how the industry is working. First, I thought that I can't be the only one bothered. Then, I thought that if all the people that were bothered spoke up then maybe someone would hear us. Then I tried to figure out where that could happen and not finding a place, I built one. That is why KWHoot.com exists.
I know this is not the only problem, I know this is not the worst problem, and I know that it is not only the electric companies' fault that these problems exist. Most importantly, I know that this is only one symptom of an industry that does not listen to its customers, or at least those of us that haven't figured out how to be heard. It seems that some customers have figured out how to be heard. I do not have a clue how ALL the increase can be given to only one group of customers and not be shared with others. Either the people that are supposed to be fighting for the little guy are not fighting or they don't have the same resources that the other groups have. We need a voice and that is why KWHoot.com exists.
If KWHoot.com is going to make a difference we need your voice. After all, it is your bill we are talking about. Leave a comment, let me know what you're thinking.
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