It's interesting to see the finger pointing in regard to high energy prices. Congress blames the automakers. The automakers say that's what the market wanted. NGO's blame biofuels for the run-up in food prices. Conservatives blame liberals for blocking everything. Alternative energy proponents blame the carbon gluttens. Watermelons blame the evil capitalists. And it goes on and on.
All I know is that it costs me over $4.00 a gallon to feed my wonderful, comfortable, reasonably safe Tahoe which can get as much as 21-22 mpg on the highway if I keep it around 60-65 mph.
I recently paid my latest utility bill and did some quick calculations to see what my local community owned utility was gouging me for these days. It's just the wife and I plus two dogs and a bird in a three-year old, 2600 SF home.
For the period 5/16/2008-6/16/2008, the bill breakdown is as follows:
Electric Billed Usage 1501 KWH $231.69
Gas 0 CCF $10.45
Water Service 54 CGAl $13.62
Refuse Service $15.30
Fire Service $13.00
Total Charges $322.32
Turns out, the city is ripping me for 15.45 cents per KWH compared to the national average of 9 cents. How's it look in your neck of the woods? BTW - A friend told me the other day his bill runs about two grand a month.