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LETTERS: This winter’s high electric bills, good incentive for villagers to conserve

To the editor:

There has been a fair amount of grousing recently about the high electricity bills that village residents received this winter, and also a certain amount of finger-pointing about who or what is to blame. Wherever the truth may lie (I personally favor facts over conspiracy theories), one inference is clear: those bills would be lower if village residents reduced their electricity consumption.

So how about replacing a few more of those incandescent light bulbs with LED or compact fluorescent bulbs? Doing that, just that, can reduce a household’s electricity consumption considerably. Another option: lower the thermostat by just 1 degree in winter. You may be surprised how quickly you can adjust to the difference and stay comfortable. If you also raise your AC threshold by 1 degree this summer — even better! You can easily find lots more good ways to reduce consumption by just Googling “energy saving ideas.”

If enough village residents take a few reasonable steps to conserve, even just a little bit — and if the school district, tops and the YMCA do the same — it is possible to keep within the village’s allocation of inexpensive (and clean) hydroelectric power, at least most of the time. Doing so would extend the low electricity rate that is so dear to so many village residents. Seems like a community goal worth working towards, don’t you think?

Paula Conan

Skaneateles

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if 7 months, 4 weeks ago

The facts can all be read in the Village Municipal Board meeting minutes. February 27, 2013: Excerpt: "DMO Lotkowictz circulated the Wilson Study. So one can look at consumption and costs with and without the load for the YMCA. Annually, costs to the Village will exceed billings to the YMCA by some $40,000+. The YMCA will be saving $99,0000 per year. Comm. Blackwell speculated that had the YMCA been a Village customer from Day 1, the Village likely would have been forced to introduce a new rate structure for large commercial users some time ago, since Electric Department reserves would have been drawn down. Comm. Blackwell said he would recommend that a new rate classification for large commercial users be pursued now. Our demand rate structure does not adequately cover the situation. Chairman Moffa does not think that would fly with the Trustees." Comm. Blackwells motion was not passed. He subsequently resigned.

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