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Consider a fixed rate payment plan with your gas company

Alright, I may live in San Diego but I'm actually from Vermont, so I know when it's time to turn on the heat. (The answer is usually Halloween, but exceptions have been made.) And as someone whose lived with more than a few roommates, I know that fighting over the heat bill is one of the most contentious discussions I would have each winter.

Heat bills are insane. One month, your utilities cost $50. Then the cold weather hits, the heat goes on and all of a sudden you owe $250. How the heck do you deal with such an erratic jump in expenses?

Well, there are a couple ways. Of course, you could keep the heat low and bundle up indoors. Then again, if you keep the heat too low, you're putting your pipes in danger of freezing. Anyone whose ever had to deal with frozen pipes knows what a bummer that is, and it can wreak havoc on your home or apartment for hours or days.

The other option, however, is a little more sensible. Did you know that you can work out a monthly, standard rate payment plan with most gas and electric companies? The idea is simple - you pay one flat rate each month, that way your bill doesn't climb exponentially come December and January. 

Trust me - I've lived in an apartment with a fixed heat rate. It's bliss. No thermostat worries, no bickering - just warm livin'. L-I-V-I-N.

If you're frustrated annually by the jump in your sky-high gas bill, research the fixed rate options available with your gas provider and decide if it fits your budget.

on Fri, 2013-01-25 16:58