Sacbee Looks At High Energy Prices
The Sacramento Bee points out energy bills in the state have gone up quite a bit with some people's bills being double what they were last year. They rightly point out much of that has to do with it being colder this year than last, but I wonder if they're neglecting to point out the "renewable energy" mandates we've signed on to that require a large part of our energy from so- called renewable sources which are more expensive?
At least that's what we were supposed to do, if memory serves me correct. I don't have any figures as to how much we're actually complying with that mandate. I'm not sure I've noticed higher prices the last few months as we've been running the heater a lot and I expected high bills. I did notice higher prices earlier this last summer with our bills running over $30.00 a month when it used to be around $25.00 with the heater not being used.
PG&E does give one tip to help lower your rates: "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,...". I think we have ours set to 64 so that leaves us out and at 64 it still feels cold in our house sometimes.
I suggest higher rates in general are due to the renewable energy mandate. That mandate can be expected to continue so long as hysterical environmentalism rules this state.