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new electricity bill
Hi All recently in NSW our eletricity supplier was changed from INTEGRAL energy to ORIGIN suposedly only a NAME CHANGE.
On the new bill recieved today the refund for my " positive airways pressure device" has vanished along with the reduced off peak electricity charges so a substancial increase in electricty costs.
They inform me that I will have to re apply for the refund for my cpap machine and fill in a new set of forms.
The last bill cycle their computer issued a overdue final demand as soon as you paid the bill early, I paid mine 14 days early.
I would recomend a close check of your next bill as most I have spoken to do not.Huhsign
03-19-2012 07:34 PM
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RE: new electricity bill
I didn't know any power utility offered a discount for CPAP (or any medical device) usage.

I am not surprised you are being asked to re-file the request. With the merger, and probably different billing software, they probably cleaned house and started over on a lot of things.
03-19-2012 07:47 PM
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RE: new electricity bill
(03-19-2012 07:34 PM)embroiderer Wrote:  Hi All recently in NSW our eletricity supplier was changed from INTEGRAL energy to ORIGIN suposedly only a NAME CHANGE.
On the new bill recieved today the refund for my " positive airways pressure device" has vanished along with the reduced off peak electricity charges so a substancial increase in electricty costs.
They inform me that I will have to re apply for the refund for my cpap machine and fill in a new set of forms.
The last bill cycle their computer issued a overdue final demand as soon as you paid the bill early, I paid mine 14 days early.
I would recomend a close check of your next bill as most I have spoken to do not.Huhsign

welcome to the forum. an electric bill refund for cpap? never heard of anything like that here. the cpap is such a small small part of my electric bill, that it wouldn't even matter.
03-19-2012 07:50 PM
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PaulaO2 Offline
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RE: new electricity bill
I just checked my utility company website (Progress Energy) and they had nothing about medical equipment except emergency preparedness. Consider yourself lucky you got the break! I'd fill out those forms again before they change their mind!

And yes, I don't think my CPAP uses much electricity at all. I keep meaning to get one of those 'watt minder' thingies. I could use that to see how much it used.
03-19-2012 08:15 PM
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RE: new electricity bill
(03-19-2012 07:34 PM)embroiderer Wrote:  Hi All recently in NSW our eletricity supplier was changed from INTEGRAL energy to ORIGIN suposedly only a NAME CHANGE.
On the new bill recieved today the refund for my " positive airways pressure device" has vanished along with the reduced off peak electricity charges so a substancial increase in electricty costs.
They inform me that I will have to re apply for the refund for my cpap machine and fill in a new set of forms.
The last bill cycle their computer issued a overdue final demand as soon as you paid the bill early, I paid mine 14 days early.
I would recomend a close check of your next bill as most I have spoken to do not.Huhsign

Where is NSW? New South Wales in Australia? Isn't that where Resmed is headquartered? Did they negotiate a rebate for their users there?

Anyhow, the Resmed Autoset and Elite seem to use about 35 watts, and use 70 watts if used with a humidifier, and peak power is 110 watts, so this is generally less than a 100-watt bulb.

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03-21-2012 02:55 PM
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RE: new electricity bill
I have read that some electricity suppliers in US do offer a rebate for CPAP use.
Australia one of the largest exporter of coal, gas and minerals yet we have one the highest electricity prices in the developed world and also with the introduction of the carbon tax (one of the highest as well) prices set to go higher.
03-21-2012 03:36 PM
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RE: new electricity bill
Unfortunately, there is no type of refund for use of electrical powered medical devices. *Sigh*

INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
03-21-2012 06:16 PM
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RE: new electricity bill
Will be checking over here for a refund and maybe a tax break Thinking-about
03-21-2012 06:49 PM
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RE: new electricity bill
Let us know if you find out anything, please.
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RE: new electricity bill
I'll have to check with Duke Energy and see if they offer anything like this. But like the others, I suspect that the energy used by the CPAP is nothing compared to the air-conditioner, a large Dell desktop and a 27" iMac. Both computers run almost all of the time as we participate in BOINC projects. Dont-know

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INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA.
INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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