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Old 09-24-2009, 01:16 PM   #1
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Default Progress Energy WTF? "HomeWIRE protection for just $3.95/month"

Just got this email from Progress Energy (my utility company) a few moments ago:

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Just another money grab?
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:18 PM   #2
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:24 PM   #3
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shouldn't that all be covered in home-owners insurance? Because if you needed those things replaced, something big happened.

Essentially it looks like electrical insurance. Any faults occur and they cover replacement/repair. However, you could be paying that for a long time. Or, you could pay it a month and have something happen. Just like insurance.

sooner or later that'll be provided by Uncle Sam.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:40 PM   #4
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Default Progress Energy WTF? "HomeWIRE protection for just $3.95/month"

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shouldn't that all be covered in home-owners insurance? Because if you needed those things replaced, something big happened.

Essentially it looks like electrical insurance. Any faults occur and they cover replacement/repair. However, you could be paying that for a long time. Or, you could pay it a month and have something happen. Just like insurance.

sooner or later that'll be provided by Uncle Sam.
Homeowners insurance to replace a broken outlet, switch, or breaker? This is why insurance companies hate people I guess. Everyone tries to submit a claim for everything.

And no, something big doesn't need to happen for an outlet or a switch to break.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:45 PM   #5
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Default Progress Energy WTF? "HomeWIRE protection for just $3.95/month"

I saw that too when I recently moved and got Progress Energy. It's a scam, IMO.
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Old 09-24-2009, 01:57 PM   #6
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Default Progress Energy WTF? "HomeWIRE protection for just $3.95/month"

How is this a bad thing ? If you don't have home owners insurance that covers wiring problems ,then it is a good thing. Ever had to replace the wiring installed in wall in a home because something went wrong ? How about a wall outlet that failed ? $48 a year will seem cheap.

Progress energy is really the only utility I have never had a problem with. Used them for almost 20 years now and never a single problem . I have a problem and they are out there the same day. I even had a tranformer blow in the middle of the night and at 2am they were out there replacing it. I don't have the homewire service, I can fix anything myself that breaks, but do have the meter protection service for surges. $6 a month and they do the installs and replace it if it fails.
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Old 09-24-2009, 02:14 PM   #7
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Default Progress Energy WTF? "HomeWIRE protection for just $3.95/month"

They also advertise an "Electronics Protection Program" that costs about $5/month. I called about it just to see what it was. Turns out they give you a fancy surge protector, and you have to pay per outlet. R-I-P-O-F-F
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Old 09-24-2009, 06:18 PM   #8
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They also advertise an "Electronics Protection Program" that costs about $5/month. I called about it just to see what it was. Turns out they give you a fancy surge protector, and you have to pay per outlet. R-I-P-O-F-F
LOL, that's bullshit right there.
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Old 09-24-2009, 06:26 PM   #9
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They also advertise an "Electronics Protection Program" that costs about $5/month. I called about it just to see what it was. Turns out they give you a fancy surge protector, and you have to pay per outlet. R-I-P-O-F-F
Do you mean a whole house surge protector?
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hehe, wow, they got balls. :laugh:
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Old 09-24-2009, 06:54 PM   #11
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They have two electronics protection programs. One is $5/month and is a plug in surge protector, the other is the outdoor whole house protector for $6 . You could buy the same protector they rent for $5 a month for about $85 so just over a year of rental cost. Only advantage from them would be they replace it if it fails.


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Old 09-24-2009, 07:17 PM   #12
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We're doing the new smart grid system for Progress Energy. The project manager on their side is a real prick, and I've heard bad things about some of their operations people. Glad I don't live anywhere near there.
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:24 PM   #13
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Default Progress Energy WTF? "HomeWIRE protection for just $3.95/month"

1. Most of those prices are less than the deductible on most homeowner's policies, so no, your homeowners is not going to cover the cost of replacing an outlet.

2. I've never hired an electrician, but $102 seems a little steep for the 3 minutes it takes to replace a 59 cent outlet or switch (including time to turn off and on the breaker.)

3. What do they mean by interior wire replaced? Are they only including the costs for the electrical part of the job? Looks like it, judging by the price you "save".


Of course, if they were in my area, I'd be happy to sign up with them for a month. I still have 4 rooms to rewire because of questionable wiring.
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:32 PM   #14
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all utilites seem to be doing this. damn cable company now charges like $50 to come out and replace their broken equipment unless you uy their $5/month service plan.
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I saw that too when I recently moved and got Progress Energy. It's a scam, IMO.
yeah, looks like shit you should practically never have to deal with while they collect $4 extra on your bill.
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It's normal. You're responsible for the cabling on your property which I think it pure BS (the service demarcation point is exactly that, where responsibility changes hands). Their responsibility ends at the entrance/meter even if it is on your property. Water companies do the same thing.

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Oh, I see. They're trying to sell insurance for your home wiring, NOT the wiring up to the demarcation point. Fine, as long as you'll cover any liability damages caused by my existing wiring. They're trying to sell service insurance, not a bad idea but unless there is no liability coverage then it's a scam.
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Just pick up a couple of these bad boys and wire them in your breaker box. That'll stop anything bouncing around on your lines.
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Old 09-24-2009, 09:35 PM   #18
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Just pick up a couple of these bad boys and wire them in your breaker box. That'll stop anything bouncing around on your lines.
Cool. Can you really do that? lol

I mean, would it be up to code?
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They also have a water heater "insurance" that I saw in one of my recent bills. It actually wasn't a bad deal if you have a 10+ year old water heater.

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Just pick up a couple of these bad boys and wire them in your breaker box. That'll stop anything bouncing around on your lines.
Cool. Can you really do that? lol

I mean, would it be up to code?
I can do it. Code? What code??
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