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February 10, 2006

An Open Letter & Cat Addendum

Dear Keyspan,

Thank you so much for your most recent bill of $704.64. It was truly a surprise.

We had no idea that you would be so courteous as to charge us for estimated usage, with the promise of reimbursement if the real usage logged under that amount. I assure you that we have no problem paying close to $1,000 for energy that we have not used yet.

Seriously, it is our pleasure.

With great warmth and a thermostat at 62,

Corie & Alexis
Brooklyn, NY


Furthermore...these are the emails one gets from their Almost-Husband when he is home from work:

On 2/10/06, Alexis wrote:
<Subject: Live Cats!
> Irving just got in the box and starting kicking sand and kitty turds all over
> the room. hmm. Acting out much?
> Frieda is horrified!
> now he is going over to the turds and kicking them around.
> Oy.

Posted by callalillie at February 10, 2006 7:06 AM | City Life


this happened to me with ConEd and my very first NY electric bill ("gee, I knew living here would be expensive, but..."). I got someone at ConEd to read the meter and they issued a new and improved (significantly) bill. I'd insist that Keyspan do likewise before you send in that check.

Posted by: Michelle at February 10, 2006 9:44 AM

Delurking from Cincinnati to tell you that, last year, Cinergy estimated my bill for 9 months! All along, I had no idea since the bills were pretty darn hefty and the notification was on the 2nd page. (Who reads pg 2 of an e-bill!?)

Well, when it all got straightened out in August, I got slapped with an $840 adjustment because they had under-estimated the whole time.

Needless to say, we moved before winter.

Posted by: sare at February 10, 2006 10:24 AM

Happened to us, too. Can you go read the meter yourself and report it?

Posted by: beth at February 10, 2006 10:39 AM

I'm not sure. It's a good idea for them to come check it out, though. Our gas bill is generally high-- like sometimes $200 or more-- but never that high. We're toying with not doing any laundry at home and shutting off the thermostat to see what happens, but something tells me that my general sub-zero body temperature would suffer greatly. Corie popsicle.

Posted by: corie at February 10, 2006 10:47 AM

I've also glued my thermostat down to a frosty 62. And i work at home. I've discovered that sitting on a heating pad keeps me warm and it doesn't seem to significantly increase my electric bill. YOu just need to make sure its not TOO hot or the back of your thighs will have a slighty cooked appearance. Isn't it awful what lengths we will go to, to save money but still try to function? I will say that the addition of lapcat has also helps keep me warm but certainly decreases my typing accuracy.

Posted by: xath at February 10, 2006 11:04 AM

The funny thing is that we ALWAYS have our thermostat at 62. That is our bill anyway! In fact, every time we go away for the weekend we turn the thermostat down to about 60 or less...depending on the temperature outside.

Posted by: corie at February 10, 2006 11:07 AM

you can read the meter yourself and then get the actual bill.

Posted by: tien at February 10, 2006 11:16 AM

Thank god my heat is included in my rent.
I used to have $500 bi-monthly gas bills when I had to pay for my gas heat, and this was before the current increases.

Posted by: Jeff at February 10, 2006 11:53 AM

Is the meter usually in the basement? We'll have to go check it tonight.

Posted by: corie at February 10, 2006 12:02 PM

Ouch. That's a nasty heating bill. I hope there are some humans you can talk to at the heating company. And Mr. Irving needs to practice his soccer somewhere other than his litter box.

Posted by: Divaah46 at February 10, 2006 12:37 PM

I am terrified of having to someday pay heating bills. That shit's crazy!

Posted by: Liz at February 10, 2006 1:53 PM

o, poo-soccer, i know you all too well.

Posted by: jack at February 10, 2006 2:38 PM

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