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Save energy, save money.  Right?  Not exactly.

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Take a look at your electricity bill.  Do you see a line that says “base charge” or “minimum usage charge”?  Nearly every electric company in town has a provision in their fine print that imposes a minimum usage fee if usage in a given month falls below a certain threshold — most commonly, one-thousand kilowatt hours.

Carleton Cole tells our news partner, KHOU 11, he was hit with a $10 fee eight times in the last year — money he will never get back.

No response yet from utilities.

Overpaying for Electricity? Frugal Houstonians Hit with Hidden Fee was originally published on news92fm.com

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