Sunday, June 17, 2012

Bogus Hookup Fee

We received our new electric bill yesterday.  It was for $28.63 which includes a $15 hookup fee.  It is an apartment where the electricity was never turned off.  They charged us $15 to put the bill into our name.  Since we don't have the option of choosing what electric company we use, I think that's a rip off.  I understand the fee if somebody physically needs to hook something up.

I had forgotten how many extra little costs are associated with moving like these little hook up fees.

4 comments:

  1. These companies love to get money from us all don't they?!

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  2. I know this is a pain, but think of the new house you are building and how happy you will be to get into it!

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  3. I hate fees like that! So aggravating.

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  4. Working for a utility, I know there are costs even if they leave the meter on. It has to get read to end billing/start billing, someone has to set up your new account and finalize the account for the previous tenant, etc. While you may never see the work that goes into it, there are quite a few steps involved with switching utilities. $15 is a pretty decent fee - it probably represents the utility company's actual cost to perform the service (which a regulated utility should do - pass on the exact costs. If you don't have a choice in providers, then you probably have a regulated utility provider).

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