To pick up on an earlier theme -- electricity bills are definitely going up, even though the economy is still the pits: see why PG&E rates went up on January 1.
Summer time is PG&E's peak -- the time when the most electricity is in greatest demand. And the more it is in demand, the higher the cost.
Best get your summertime energy conservations started now, or plan to get them started soon. These can include:
- Improving your windows with replacement windows that are more energy efficient
- Planting trees and bushes that may provide shade
- Installing an attic vent on your roof (especially one that is solar powered, so that it won't have any negative impact on your utility bill)
- Installing a programmable thermostat, which can be programmed to prevent the air-conditioner from running when cool air isn't needed (such as when you are not at home)