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Old 02-21-2012, 09:25 AM
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When I lived in California in the late 60's PG&E advertised that they had some of the lowest electric rates in the nation. I do not remember even paying attention to the utility bill in those days.

We are currently staying in a RV park and we have to pay for our own electricity use. Which I thought was odd.

Our electric bill for January for our house in eastern Washington caught up with us here. For a 3 bedroom, 2 bath....2200 square foot house all electric with the original electric water heater and furnance the bill is $100.28. The house was built in 1990 so nothing special in the way of energy conservation. Climate is very similar to Nevada City or Grass Valley. Right at snowline.

I took the PGE electric rate schedule the RV owner gave me and applied to my house in Washington. We used 3714 Kilowatts. Our bill without taxes and fees, just for electricity in Washington $100.28. The similar calculation for California: $1,131.14 and that does not include taxes!!! Over ELEVEN times higher!!!

So what happened?? What do retired people do?? Who can afford these rates??

On a related note given the high electric rates why are everybodies lights and signs ON at night?? With those bills I would be switching lights off at every opportunity!! No conservation measures??
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