The Water Cooler – Your PG&E Bill – What’s the Highest Amount You’ve Ever Paid?

August 28, 2014 12:00 pm · 42 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

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What is the most you’ve ever paid for gas & electric in one month?

Talk about it….

Pucky August 28, 2014 at 12:04 PM

It’s just 2 of us in a small house in Clayton, 1,400 SF $98.00 is our current bill

poolman August 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

$500…running pool pump for a few days straight.

Anon777 August 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Probably about $350. We usually hit the $300 mark in July/August and Dec/Jan due to A/C in Summer and Heat/Christmas lights in Winter.

The Mamba August 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM

During the manipulated Enron pricing fiasco, I paid a bill in the $470 range. PGE has yet to reimburse me, so I consider them a criminal organization as well.

Tom August 28, 2014 at 12:23 PM

I wish to assert my fifth amendment privilege. It’s pretty high.

We do our best to conserve, but we like the AC. Well worth the comfort….until the bill comes.

Concordejet August 28, 2014 at 12:32 PM

My PGE bill is free because I went to the PGE office in person and brought in a hamster for an exchange free power.

concord resident August 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Funny PGE says that it would not pass the price of the San Bruno lawsuit to us consumers, boom this very month my PGE and yours has gone up 15%.

jtkatec August 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Do you think I would get money back if I brought in one of my dogs?

Tom August 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Concordejet, is this a true story?

MonumentMan August 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

$1,400.00…. they didn’t read my gas meter for 9 months It was back when they were changing over to the “Smart Meters” I called customer service and they rudely said I had 30 days to pay up..I paid but 12 months later I got a full refund. Now i scour my bill monthly.

SKS August 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM

$360 during the fake energy crisis.

Concordejet August 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM

for Tom : NO

stan August 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

my latest bill is $455.00 but I am often well over $500.00 in summer time
Swimming pool pump A/C and 3 kids at home all summer, bills get high

Tal August 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

I have done a lot to convert lights to led or florescent and try to turn things off or unplug them if possible. I do have two pumps running 24/7. Turning off the TV with the master switch saves a lot, not just turning it off with the remote. My bill this month is $66, house is 2200sf. Gas was just under $3. I have an on demand tankless. I think the highest its ever gotten was $150 in the winter.

Nick August 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

$385 several years ago in the hottest apartment in Arcadian Apartments during summer. Now I’m in a house with no central AC and we pay like $60. Just use a 5000 btu window AC in bedroom and 8000 btu portable in front room when it get over 85 in house.

Mimi (original) August 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Here in Contra Costa I think my worst one was $199 a few years back when I was relying on a window a/c unit. I have central air now and it’s much thriftier! All in all, my worst bill was when I lived in Palm Springs and one very long hot summer month in about 1988 I got a bill for $579 dollars!!! My budget was for $150! I thought I was going to DIE!! Right then and there I got on the level pay plan to help ease the up and down crisis!

In the Know August 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM

In have a new home in Brentwood, 4524sqft and it is labeled as an Energy Star home. Highest bill was at Christmas time, all decorated, heater and gas fireplace blasting in the winter, $323.

@#7 August 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Yup, and they lowered the baseline allotments and added a greenhouse emission recovery charge (cap and trade) to get back the free $40 you got. Thanks PG&E and Sacramento.

Domestic CEO August 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Over $500 a month for years during the summer months and about $250 a month during winter months. I rent solar panels and now pay about $220 a month in the summer and $100 in the winter. To get solar, I paid $1. Yep, a whole dollar to have solar installed which saves me hundreds of dollars a month. Gotta love it.

Dorothy August 28, 2014 at 4:28 PM

I think just over $100. Gas heat in a cold winter can add up.

That's All Folks! August 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Gas & Electric are:
Summer: $42.00
Winter: $75.00
Not bad, eh?
I like watching TV with the lights off, but I do have a heated waterbed which I turn down in the summer.

Sunnymoon August 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM

About $135 last year for a 1400 sq.ft house.

anon August 28, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Looking at some of these monthly bills, I’m curious as to what temperature you keep your thermostat set at. Anyone care to say?

bree August 28, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Nearly $700.00 last July/August.

Killjoy August 28, 2014 at 5:09 PM

$320. But that was when we ran the hot tub every day.

Killjoy August 28, 2014 at 5:10 PM

As for thermostat settings, we keep it at 78 in the summer and down to 76 at night while sleeping.
In the winter we keep the thermostat set at 68 in the day, and 62 at night.

Marissa August 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

About 750.00 last year.

@bree August 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Holy crap! How did you manage that?

dilligafman August 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Winter of ’95- I had a airhead 24 year old exotic dancer girlfriend. She was as spoiled as possible and would run the heater on high when i was working or gone. She didn’t last long! Sent her spoiled a%# packing!!!

dilligafman August 28, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Forgot to say the damn bill was $250+. Huge bill back then!!!

wilma August 28, 2014 at 6:33 PM

wow…all these people with high bills.

Still anon August 28, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Over 500.00 two years ago because restoration company had to come in after a clothes washer mishap. Currently 260.00 for 10 days after a pipe broke in the downstairs bathroom. More restoration. Thankfully, I’m insured. My typical bill is about 68.00. House is just under 1600 square feet. Rarely use the AC and if it is not a spare the air winter day I heat the house with a warm fire. Fireplace insert heats the whole house.

SpankyFortuna August 28, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Who DOESN’T like A/C??? I know you can reduce your usage…if you want to.
My thermostat is set at 78F all day.

SpankyFortuna August 28, 2014 at 7:58 PM

My bill averages $40 to $60 each month.

EdiBirsan August 28, 2014 at 8:01 PM

$500 when they converted over to the ‘smart meter’

Dog dog dad August 28, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Not as much is you I get a 25% discount I’m a retired employee. LOL

we used to own a house.... August 28, 2014 at 8:59 PM

In north concord that had no insulation. Our average monthly bill in the summer was $500.

Isabelle August 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM

I’m cheap and reserve wherever I can, like turning off the lights. I freaked when my bill was 125.00

funny man August 28, 2014 at 9:51 PM

$350 in the winters, $250 summers. Household of 3. 75 in the winter, 78 summer. Central air and heat. 1950 house, no insulation, plaster walls, crappy doors and windows. I wish the landlord would upgrade the place but oh well.
When its noice out and ppl aren’t on the TV and computer all day bills about $70 a month

CW August 28, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Last July we had a $700 bill. It was the first hot month after we’d replaced a poorly functioning a/c unit and my hubby cranked the new one up. Oops!

$125? August 28, 2014 at 10:08 PM

It’s normally around $80. 4 BR 1700sqft in Clayton. Probably the most we paid was during the winter when I did a lot of baking, combined with us keeping the heater on all night. The last couple years, we started sleeping in the living room in front of the gas fireplace instead. We use a lot less heat that way because since the gas fireplace and the whole house thermostat are in the same room, when the fireplace is on, the thermostat always thinks the house temperature is warm, so the heater never kicks in, and we save on heat. So now a high bill would probably be about $95.

JC August 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM

1.8 million – Owens Glass in Oakland during the energy crisis. That was for one month! The average wax 300k a year before

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