Residents have claimed in recent months that they have received bills that are significantly higher than they have previously paid from the city's Utilities Department. The city earlier this year rolled out not only a new method for calculating those utility bills — going off the amount of water used as opposed to a winter average-based formula — and a new software system for compiling and issuing bills.
Minimum Usage Fees: Often set at or around 1,000 kWh/month, these fees mean you’ll always pay for at least that amount — even if you only use, say, 800 kWh of electricity some months. It sounds nasty, but it’s only something to be concerned about if your electricity bills historically show you hover right around that minimum use threshold. If you’re electricity use always exceeds that amount, it’s like it’s not even there.
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