This is a little note from facebook a couple of years ago.
I found a note that Mama wrote, listing her utility bills with the
amounts in 1978, when she and Daddy were living at 1022 Pennock, in Papa
Oeser's old house. In May, she wrote, telephone 11.50; gas 7.34;
paperboy 7.28; lights 14.68 and water 7.19. Did anyone else say light
bill, instead of electric bill? When mama was young, lights were about
all that used electricity in a house. Not much more than that when I
was a kid. We had a TV, a radio and a refrigerator, and in summer,
window fans. Our cook stove and heat used gas.