Hello, George, Here in L.A. we pay on the level pay plan, with what was a fixed amount of $36.00/mo for the last few years. Admittedly, we are frugal with its use and dry our clothes outside most of the year, with summer actual usage often falling as low as $18.00 a month. When our last bill came, the monthly charge went up $10/mo, or $120/year, also a fairly hefty hike for something produced within the U.S. I have been noticing with alarm that the gasoline I purchase at Food 4 Less, which is usually at least a nickel less a gallon than at the majors, has skyrocketed about 11 cents within the past week. Why there was even a nickel jump overnight from Wednesday to Thursday! Am I ever glad we drive a very fuel efficient 4 cylinder Honda Accord!!! No wonder hybrids are beginning to leap out of the showrooms. Ron, whose yard experienced half a season's worth of rain in one day this week. Glub!