Gas prices, including natural gas prices are very high and not expected to change much for the better. That means your utility bill is probably rising.
Save yourself from a nasty surprise on the bill after a particularly cold month by doing some no cost and low cost changes to reduce your energy use. Lowering thermostats somewhat, using appliances more efficiently, and putting in a low-flow showerhead can all help. Find out more from your utility company. Mine provided this PDF file of tips: 123 Gas Savings.
Instead of a bill $50 higher than normal wouldn't you really rather have a nice dinner out or go see a show?
2 thoughts on “Avoid the Shocking Utility Bill”
Some utility companies will let you pay a set amount each month, based on past usage, to spread the pain out over the low-energy months. I assume they then adjust the amount at the end of the year based on actual usage, but I don’t know for sure how it works as I’ve never done it!
If you have a balance due at the end of the year, they add that balance in to figure out what your monthly payment should be for the next year. Then, when you move, you end up paying any outstanding balance. I have this through my utility right now, and it is wonderful to not have to fear when you open the utility bill.