Vectren Tree Trimming for Evansville

Vectren has released their 2014 tree trimming schedule map. Be sure to have your easements clear for trucks and workers to have space and reach your power lines.

A few years ago I got my hand slapped by the city of Evansville, mainly because of my bad habits.  I always kept my yard nice, neat and trimmed, but not so much in my easement.  My neighbor wasn't any better, so what happened was our adjoining properties became overgrown with tree limbs, weeds, and the like.  So, I was informed I had to get the easement cleaned up or face fines.

Well, it's that time of year again when Vectren comes around and utilizes these easements to trim tree limbs that could be interfering with their electrical supply.  So it's important to make sure that trucks and workers have plenty of space between your homes to work.  It doesn't have to be as properly landscaped as the front of your house, but make sure there is enough room between properties to actually drive a bucket truck.

Vectren has released a schedule detailing which locations in the Evansville area will be trimmed.  Be prepared or expect to receive a fine.

Vectren Tree Trimming Schedule Maphttps://www.vectren.com/Public_Safety/Outage_Center/Tree_Trimming/Tree_Trimming_Schedules.jsp

Vectren Live Power Outage Site

Vectren has released access to this webpage that will display the number of people without power.

They call it the Electric Outage Center, unfortunately other than a smattering of tips and information there is no other interaction. There is an obvious report an outage or down power line, but it only instructs you to call their archaic phone system. How hard is it to automate online a report?

Furthermore, after looking at he pages source code I'm not sure how 'LIVE' it actually is. It's just overlaying PNG's with static picture links. Perhaps someone smarter than me can confirm how legitimate the service actually is.

 

Vectren Summer Cycler Program Explained

Vectren Summer Cycler ProgramVectren, in an attempt to help lower peoples electric bills and save on resources, has inacted the Vectren Summer Cycler Program.  The short explanation is that Vectren will remotely shut off your air conditioning unit during peak times, to conserve energy.  Although just recently the program has failed, due to demand, below is an explanation of the program to help you decide if it's right for you.

The Perks

First off and probably most important, the program is designed to save you money every month.  Not only will you receive a discount from Vectren for enrolling, you will also save money from the lower use of power running your A/C.

Remote Turn Off

When you sign up for the Vectren Summer Cycler, a local heating and air company will come out and install a device on your air conditioner.  This device will be remotely controlled by Vectren and shut power off to the A/C for 12-13 minutes every half hour during the peak hours of the day.

The Downside

In the really hot summer months, 12-13 minutes of no A/C can make a big difference in the temperature of your house.  Newer well insulated homes might not tell a difference, but older homes without proper insulation can heat up very quickly.  In only a matter of minutes the temperature in your house can raise from 75 to 90 degrees.

Although the program is aimed at saving on utility bills, many individuals feel that it's just another way for Vectren to control their own expenses.  Vectren claims that there are 20-30 thousand homes that already participate in the Summer Cycler program and as many as 30 people sign up everyday to have the remote switch installed.

Personal Experience

I participate in the Vectren Summer Cycler with no ill effects.  People against the program claim that it's like Vectren controlling your thermostat, but my house always remains the temperature I set it at, which is a cool 72-73 degrees.  I've never noticed my A/C not kicking on when I want it to, but my unit is newer and my house is well insulated.

The total savings I receive every month from Vectren, not including actual energy savings, is a credit for $5.00.  It may not seem like much, but the actual energy consumption being lowered and credit over the summer adds up.  Of course as soon as my family starts being uncomfortable, I will be discontinuing use.

What's your experience in Evansville for the Vectren Summer Cycler Program?  Does anyone have any reviews to share?

Vectren Evansville Wastes Fuel

I know I'm not alone with my frustration of fuel costs, electricity costs, and natural gas costs.  However, I can almost understand it in todays economy, but Vectren a local monopoly, should be doing it's part to help with conservation, especially when it effects the bottom line.  Too bad they don't monitor the Vectren service guys fuel consumption or downtime.

My regular 9-5 job is positioned directly across from a Vectren substation and I have a big window to watch what goes on outside.  At minimum 3-4 times a week there is a Vectren service truck setting inside the fenced in area, just setting, not doing any work.  Today was no exception, because there has been a man in a Vectren service vehicle setting there idling for over 4 hours.  Did you hear me, idling, not turned, off, running in the A/C while the man inside reads a book.

It's an outrage that Vectren allows this type of behavior to go on and it happens all the time.  Granted it doesn't last 4 hours generally, but for more than an hour is the norm.  How much could they save as a company if they would force their service guys to either shut their trucks down while they are goofing off on company time or a better idea, just do some work.

I will be calling Vectren this evening to voice my complaints.  I apologize if this post is a little thrown together, I'm typing this while I'm so angry my eyes are bleeding.