Yes! Exactly! To clarify further: hydro Quebec is our power company, and is provincially owned and run with usually cheap electric rates... until you go above a daily threshold and then the rates mpcan more than double. And if you're doing that in winter and some of your heat is electric and you're already raising the heat, any power-using decision pushes your bill that much closer to double-billing territory. Usually 2+ loads of laundry in the dryer in one day will do it. And then ANY extra power used is at higher rates (oven, heating, water heater, etc...) so there's definite incentive to use less overall. Its not a direct cost-per-use calculation
I know some electric companies try to bill based on time of day so as to incentivize not using lots of power when the power grid is already taxed - like, people get home and turn on the heat from 5-8pm, and make dinner and turn on TVs and generally use power, so you may as well incentivize laudpndru after 10pm, when the power grid isn't already taxed. It makes a certain amount of sense.
FPL (in Florida) has tiered pricing based on monthly usage, instead of daily. Up to 1000kWh is $0.08023 per kWh. After that it's $0.10148 per kWh. It's only a 26.5% increase (not a 100% increase), but it is a reason to monitor when things are getting excessive. I try an keep things well under the cap. With my new, larger, house it's often right there at the end of the month. I remember having bills under $30 a month back when I was single and kept the A/C and heat off unless it was absolutely necessary. Now, with 4 people and a bunch of electronic garbage, I am happy keeping it under $100.
Anyway, that's not why I came to post.
My father dropped by the other night to show me his new truck. It's MASSIVE
. I didn't catch the make and model, but I'll try and find it. I almost never see my dad, because he lives his own life. My sister told me that he traded in his old truck and has a $66,000 loan on this new one (which sounds about right). He told me his monthly payment was higher than the mortgage on the manufactured home he lives in. This is even more insane when you know that the Post Office has progressively moved his job farther and farther from where he lives.
You see, if the Post Office moves your job more than a certain distance, they have to pay relocation. So, instead, they have moved his job smaller hops every 6 months or so. Now, instead of commuting 30 miles each way, it's well over 100 miles each way. This should be the last hop, but it's still madness. He's driving well over 200 miles a day to and from work. Even at 25 mpg (which is really good for a truck even calling it all highway miles), that's 8 gallons of gas a day. It's 40 gallons of gas and over 1,000 miles a week in wear and tear. I don't even want to consider the insurance costs and everything else!
A few years ago, he had a small 4 door sedan. Again, I am not sure of the make or model. Can you tell that I am not really a car/truck person? If he had kept that and got rid of his truck (he had both), it would at least reduce the hemorrhage. Instead, he traded both his old truck and that car for a new truck a few years ago, and then just traded up to this truck. The deal probably included some negative equity to get the loan up to the $66,000 range. Honestly, he's probably spending close to $2,000 a month on commuting. He's not set on moving, although I have told him that it would save him a ton of money to sell the crappy house and lot he has and rent a couple blocks from the new office until he's sure they will keep the job there. I can't even imagine. Hell, he could probably afford to rent a place and keep the old place if he didn't have the truck and just kept an old car for getting back to the house on weekends. It would almost certainly work out cheaper!
Anyway, it's fortunate that I am not planning or relying on anything from my parents. My dad will be working until he dies. I don't think he has anything saved up. He had a retirement fund, but liquidated all of it (or half of it) in one of his divorces and gave half of it to the ex (who is now his current GF again), and I think they blew that cash on luxury spending.