A few weeks ago, Idaho Power stopped by my house and switched out my old meter for a new "Smart Meter." It's my understanding, that among other things, the Smart Meter is supposed to keep accurate tabs on my power consumption and eliminate the need to have someone stop by my house once a month and read the meter. You can read more about Idaho Power's Smart Meters
I'll get to it... Yesterday, I opened my power bill and dropped enough bricks to give the wall of China a run for its money. My power bill had DOUBLED.