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Monday, March 26, 2012

But It's Free

Over the weekend, I received a call from Potomac Edison regarding receiving my "free" home energy conservation kit.  I said that I have energy efficient light bulbs, power strips and water conservation devices for my showers, so I don't need the kit.  She said "but it's free."  I said nothing is for free, what's the catch? She said the state of Maryland has mandated that Potomac Edison offer these kits to their customers.  I said how generous of Potomac Edison; so you are covering the cost of this "kit" at no cost to the customer?  She responded, "No, it's already in your rates."  I said, "So I am already paying for it, whether I take it or not? “ She said, "Yes."  What a deal.  Thank you, Maryland state government.  You always know what's best for me.

1 comment:

  1. I own a small business (doctors office) in Frederick. And I recently moved. Between the business and my two different addresses, I have received 4 power strips and something like 24 light bulbs. I turned down the water heater thing each time. I figured this was some sort of green energy scam that SOMEONE is making a handsome dollar off of. When a state buys millions of light bulbs, power strips and water heater things and low-flow shower devices, someone pays for it. Heck, I figured I WAS PAYING FOR IT, so why not get my free crap? It's a shame, and while I took the "free" stuff, I know there is no such thing as a free lunch. I imagine that someone that knows someone in a position of power has managed to profit off of this, and that the green efforts mask self-serving greed.