Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Here's how to get help with your heating bills this winter.
With Arlington expecting a dusting of snow Tuesday night and temperatures in the 30s, heating bills are high for area residents. Dominion Virginia Power is reminding customers that assistance is available for high heating bills this winter through the utility company’s Energy Share grants. Eligible customers may get a one-time payout of up to $600 to offset heating costs this winter. More than 12,000 customers received assistance in 2012. To quality, customers must live in Dominion’s service area and meeting one of these criteria: Customers can call Dominion's customer service center at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) for more information about the assistance program. Or, visit www.dom.com/about/community/heating-and-cooling-assistance.jsp…
Thursday, July 5, 2012
While waiting for the power to return, what was your most helpful item?
When a surprise derecho hit Northern Virginia Friday night, its winds downed trees and power lines, cutting off "juice" to thousands in the area. While most customers of Dominion Virginia Power are back up and running, there are still 13,000 homes without power in Northern Virginia Thursday morning, according to the company's latest figures. If you were in the dark after the derecho, what got you through? What was the one most useful item that made it bearable? A generator, a flashlight, a book, ice? Take our poll — and if you don't see your top item in the list, tell us about it in the comments box!
Monday, July 2, 2012
Pedestrian killed at intersection that lost power on Columbia Pike.
Arlington opened a 24-hour cooling center Monday, though the county's Emergency Communications Center continued to have problems receiving 911 calls from cell phones. Thousands of people remained without electricity for a third day following Friday night's derecho, an aggressive, high-wind storm that caught much of the region off guard and has caused the largest non-hurricane power outage in state history. A pedestrian died after being struck by a car Sunday night at an intersection on Columbia Pike where the traffic signal had lost power, said Arlington County Emergency Director Jack Brown. Officials continue to urge motorists to treat each such intersection like a four-way stop. Fewer than 40 intersections remain without power countywide…
Sudden wind storm Friday night was one of the worst to hit Northern Virginia, leaving thousands without power.
In the aftermath of the powerful derecho storm that hit Northern Virginia Friday night, thousands are still without power three days later, suffering through high temperatures with no air-conditioning, watching food spoil and feeling disconnected without TV, Internet and in some cases phone service. On Monday afternoon, Dominion Power reported that about 160,000 in Northern Virginia were still without power. Many local residents checked into local hotels to escape the heat or found local coffee shops to charge up phones. Were you without power or are you still waiting for the lights to come back on? What do you miss most when the power goes out? Take our poll and feel free to add your comments about what you miss most when the power goes …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Monthly electric charges could drop to an average of $105 per household by September.
Gas prices may be going up and up, but cost of electricity, at least for Dominion customers, is dropping. The average household electricity bill is expected to drop to $105.90 in September, the company says, a 5.7 percent decrease from January 2012. The calculation is based on the an average use of 1,000 kilowatt-hours. The drop is owed largely to a decrease in Dominion's fuel rate. The proposed fuel rate is 2.706 cents per kilowatt-hour – a decrease of approximately 18 percent from the current fuel rate of 3.289 cents per kilowatt-hour, said Dominion spokeswoman Le-Ha Anderson. The adjustment is the lowest the company has proposed since 2007, Anderson said. It will result in an annual fuel revenue reduction of $388 million. In a company …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Sunday saw sunny skies and a lot of cleaning up. About 4,300 homes remain without power as of 6:40 p.m.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Holly Nunn
Sunday, August 28, 2011
A clear sky and 80-degree weather brought Arlingtonians out from hiding Sunday, as what's now Tropical Storm Irene moved north -- giving businesses a boost and homeowners a chance to clean up debris. Harry's Tap Room had a busy afternoon Sunday -- a big help after a slow Saturday night, one that saw the bar close early thanks to Irene. "We didn't lose power, and this morning everything around us that was supposed to be open was open," said Rodney Flowers, a host at the popular Clarendon restaurant. Whitlow's on Wilson also emerged from the storm unscathed. Even the rooftop bar evaded damage and opened for business Sunday aternoon. "We locked everything down," Assistant General Manager Nadim Kouttab said. "We moved anything that could have …