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Old 04-11-2008, 10:37 AM
 
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Alright,

I've been here for about a month now, and I just got my PG&E bill. The unit is all electric, and the bill totaled $75.00!

Why am I curious?

I have a bed, a chair, and a laptop. I use one light in the dining area, heat (its on low) and the fridge; I have yet to use the stove, dishwasher, etc. All utilities were brand new when I moved in. I usually got home, last month, at around 8pm. I usually went to bed at around 1am. I say that to imply that the light and laptop were each only on during that period time. When I went to bed, I put the laptop on stand-by.

Does this seem right? $75.00?!
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Old 04-11-2008, 01:12 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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I spend about $35 a month, but I never use the heat. How often do you use the heater? Electric heaters use a lot of energy.
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:17 PM
 
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Electric heat is a notorious bill killer. Add that to the fact that it's California and vioala.
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Old 04-11-2008, 08:12 PM
 
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I assume most apartments have gas heat in San Jose?
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Old 04-11-2008, 08:24 PM
 
Location: San DiFrangeles, Ca
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Does this seem right? $75.00?!
Are you sure it's not just the initial set up fee? With the fee added to our bill it was also about $75-$80. Call the company you go through and have your bill explained to you.
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:43 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Are you sure it's not just the initial set up fee? With the fee added to our bill it was also about $75-$80. Call the company you go through and have your bill explained to you.
PG&E doesn't have setup fees.
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:50 PM
 
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How many days is the bill for? Could be more than 30. If not, yeah, its the heat that's doing it. I don't pay that much for a 1200sf house with two computers running 24/7, TVs, etc. in OC. What's your cost per kWHr?
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Somewhere between Corpus and Austin, TX
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Wow. Man I'm considering moving to CA and that is frrankly, CHEAP. Lol. I live in a city in South Texas which is de-regulated and my bills are in the $70s in the slow months - over $100 in summer. And thats for a ~680 sq ft apt and turning off the AC at night and 1 person.
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Old 05-06-2008, 08:32 AM
 
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But in TX you need climate control pretty much year round. I know, I just came from 2 years of living there. Here in the Bay, I'd guess people use climate control less than 10% of the time. So ultimately, utility costs should be lower here.
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Old 05-20-2008, 05:23 AM
 
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Hahahaha I wish I had your bill. I live in a 1180 sq. foot apartment (two story), everything is electric including the water heater. My bills range from $500-$800, I still can't believe it. I called PG&E to have a tech visit to check out if the meter was incorrect or if there was someone stealing electricity. The tech guy comes out does a quick check and says everything is fine. I went on the balanced payment plan for $583 per month, and now I lost my job. So I went on the CARE program which decreases your bill by 20% for low income (you must qualify). I just can't believe that two people live in the house, I have normal items T.V., computer etc., but have bills that are consistently in that range every month. Does anyone have some advice? I've talked to the Manager and they seem somewhat useless. There is no way we use that much electricity (and no I don't grow weed as the PG&E rep once implied). Thanks
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