Northern California customers fume as PG&E bills soar

Over the last couple of weeks we have been receiving numerous emails, phone calls, and text messages from our tenants wondering why their PG&E bills have doubled since the last billing cycle.  And, although we wish we had a simple solution to tell our tenants, unfortunately it is more complicated.  The Sacrament Bee published an article on February 5, 2017 titled Northern California customers fume as PG&E bills soar.  

The reason for this BIG increase: “The 13 percent increase in natural gas rates took effect in August, but consumers didn’t feel the pinch until December, when residents turned up their thermostats in the face of a particularly cold and wet season. Electricity rates were raised three times in the past year. Combined, electricity and gas rates for PG&E customers are an average of 21 percent higher than they were a year ago, said utility spokesman Donald Cutler.”

How can you save money?: “Turn down the thermostat. He advised that the thermostat be set at 68 degrees or lower when the house is occupied. Each degree above 68 uses 3 to 5 percent more energy.”

Northern California customers fume as PG&E bills soar