Letter: Family will soon be living in the dark

I have been frustrated with my growing bills over the past year and finally decided it is time to say something.

To the editor:

I recently read a letter in the Capital News regarding the high cost of electricity, written by Edward Gaillard (Electricity Rates Have Almost Tripled Under Fortis, April 18).

I have been frustrated with my growing bills over the past year and finally decided it is time to say something. They are getting ridiculously expensive this past year and a bit and I am tired of it.

I first bought my home five years ago as a single mom, even then I was shocked at how high my bills could get. I called, got on an equalized payment plan that worked in my favour for the first year after that, but in the past two years I have not been able to catch up on my equalized bill payments with all the rate increases.

I looked at my past bill for the billing period Apr 25, 2013 to  May 24, 2013. In my first block, my bill was $70.00, the second jumped to more than double that, $220.00.

The thing that bothers me most is that we are no longer heating the house, our air conditioning isn’t on yet either, and since it is lighter out there is little need for lights to be left on. I also unplug most of my appliances that are not in use.

I am 29 years old, married now, and we have one 11-year-old son. I am not the kind of woman who spends money frivolously on clothing, I do not get my nails and hair done, but I would like to give my child the opportunity to participate in sports and camps like most parents. We live modestly, and to be honest we kind of have to due to your high rates.

I have spoken with many friends in a similar situation, the end result is that due to all of the big bills, we are forced to make big changes to help ourselves. It is hard enough to get ahead these days as it is, so we have no choice to look at other heating options like pellet stoves for example.

It may cost more upfront, but at the pace my Fortis bill keeps rising, how are we supposed to own homes, raise families and keep our head above water when at times, electric bills can end up being as much as a mortgage payment.

I am hoping to be heard not just for myself and my family, but for all the young families out there.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Kelsey Ulm,

Kelowna

 

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