Here's how the entire thing added up:
We paid $57.04 for electricity. Not bad considering the non-stop loads of laundry, a very old refrigerator that we bought from the repair man, and a large freezer in the garage.
Then there was the "Deregulation Surcharge" which added up to $17.22.
After that was the "Drought Relief Surcharge" which tacked on another $5.68.
Then came the "California Energy Surcharge" which is a mere $.21.
And last is the "California Public Benefit Charge" which takes another $2.28.
So the grand total is $82.43. $57.04 in actual electricity and $25.39 in extra charges.
Our phone bill looks very similar, which is ridiculous since we only have local in area calling. If a number doesn't start with out towns code, we can't dial it.
I was wondering if this is a "California thing" or if it's an everywhere in the US thing. I was leaning towards it being a California thing... So... Does your power bill cost nearly 50% more because of surcharges?