How to Get the Neighbors to Help Protest Utility Rate Hikes

Are you tired of battling spiraling utility rate hikes? Below are some tips on how to rally the neighbors to protest another rate hike proposal and hopefully get results.

Steps

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    Find out the contact addresses for the utility or utility commission proposing a rate hike.
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    Invite the neighbors to an open house or coffee. Share planning strategies for letter writing campaigns or working with utility companies/commissions.
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    Write a letter to the neighbors with the contact address and request they contact the utility company or commission protesting the proposed rate hike.
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    Write letters to the editor protesting the rate hike proposal.
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    Get the neighbors together and attend the public hearing and protest the rate hike.
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    If it is a local utility, attend the utility meetings, with your neighbors, and protest.
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    Contact your local utility commissioners and protest the proposed rate hike.

Tips

  • Research the facts and use them when writing protest letters.
  • Present your proposals in a friendly, civil manner when attending meetings. People are more inclined to work with others, if they do not feel threatened.
  • Empower the utility company officials or utility commissioners. People will cooperate, if they feel like they are part of the team.

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