I called PG&E today and the first thing the woman said was "it's because you have all-electric appliances."
Then she tried explaining to me that we have "what's called a baseline rate, which is what you're allotted, and if you go over that rate, we charge you a much higher price for..."
I explained that it wasn't the dollar figure, it was the number of kW hours being used. She said that she could investigate whether our meter was being over-read, and I said that I had no idea where our meter is, because it's not attached to our house. "Yes, it is."
I'm due to call them Wednesday from the house to see if we can't get this dealt with.
Meanwhile, the power in our kitchen is still out because we can't get an electrician. There does not seem to be an electrician in Boulder Creek (or Santa Cruz county, for that matter) who answers his phone or picks up his messages. I called one number pirateguillermo gave me, only to be told by a very confused guy in broken English that I had the wrong number. I called the number that was supposed to be his "office" phone, and a woman answered.
"Hello, I'm looking for Joe Smith from ABC Electric," I say in my crisp, businesslike tone.
"Hmmm? He's not here." The female voice on the other end of the line sounds listless and a little confused.
"He's not there, or I have the wrong number?" At this point I'm not sure. I would think that, having specified I'm looking for this person in conjuction with his business, this person would have offered to take a message or something.
Instead she hung up.
This is one of five local electricians we've tried, most of whom are working out of their houses (so their answering machines say "This is Joe, Mary, Betty-Sue and ABC Electric. Leave a message."). I finally called our realtor and asked her and she referred me to someone over the hill who sounded competent, focussed, and like he had a full set of teeth.
We'll see about his teeth on Wednesday.