…by Anura Guruge
Prior post: A Plug For N.H. Resident Power. Yes, We Signed Up.
— April 19, 2012.
Given our pay date is around the 19th of the month, today I got notification of our PSNH ‘May’ bill, payable in June. [I have been with paperless billing with PSNH for eons.] Given that Resident Power had said that it would take 2 months for their service to kick-in, it was about the right time given that I had signed up in mid-April. Sure enough page 1 of my PSNH bill, on the left-hand side denoted that I was now getting power from ‘PNE Energy Supply LLC’ — which is Resident Power. I was happy.
I then looked at page 2 of the ‘May’ bill. Bingo. That was the rate they had promised me.
I then went and looked at last month’s bill when I was still getting electric from PSNH.
Yes, the rate has gone down.
Yes, I used 31 less Kwhs. About 25 of that is because last month’s was a 31-day cycle; this month 30. Not sure where the other 6 Kwh went. Maybe the heating system was still kicking in in March-April.
My bill for electric for May with PSNH would have been $63.07.
So, I saved $5.37. Will not make me rich, but it is better than a kick in the teeth. Cost me nothing. Really didn’t other than maybe 40 minutes of my time.
So, with luck, over the year I will be able to save about $65. That sounds better. That will pay for a meal (sans tax and tip) at the ‘Red Arrow Diner‘ in Manchester. That is how I am going to look at it.
1 year Resident Power = 1 free meal for 4 at the Red Arrow Diner (plus points on my VID card).
WordPress, the free platform I use for this blog, provides a built-in ‘Stats’ feature. That shows the ‘search phrases’ [i.e., what you type into Google, Yahoo, BING or any other search engine] that resulted in viewers visiting this blog. Of late the most frequent phrase is: ‘resident power scam‘. I can empathize. As I said in my prior post, I too did a search on ‘scam’ and ‘trouble’ before I signed up with Resident Power.
As far as I can see Resident Power is NOT a scam. Period. I could be wrong.
Given that I have got this far, not sure how they could scam me. Yes, they have me locked in for 12 months. So, what is the worst that can happen. By some miracle, PSNH, that just increased their rates, is going to cut their rates and I will be paying a higher rate for (11-x) months — 1 month of the 12 having already passed, so to speak. Yes, pigs may fly.
If Resident Power is a scam, it has to be very sophisticated. They never asked me for any financial details. The info they got from me is basically public domain stuff. And as an IT person with over 35 years experience I know that Resident Power can’t invade my privacy, hack into our PCs, intercept our encrypted network, listen to my brains waves or give me brain cancer over the power lines. So, no worries there.
I don’t know anybody else who uses Resident Power. I also don’t know anybody who works for them. So, I am on my own when it comes to Resident Power. If I find that I was scammed, I will, of course, let you know.