When my air conditioner stops running in the fall my electric bill drops very nicely. The problem is I know that when the chill of winter hits, my natural gas bill will feel the pain.
Some utility companies offer a budget plan to level out the ups and downs of your monthly bills due to seasonal changes. The idea is to make an estimate of your annual total and divide it equally among the 12 months.
Some folks do not like this plan. They feel that they loose flexibility and control.
Think about this plan.
My gas bill is low in the spring, summer and fall so if I over pay a few dollars then I will have prepaid for some gas to use this winter. By building up a surplus in my gas bill account, I can use it in January when my credit card bills are due for those extravagant Christmas presents.
My gas bill drops off in the spring but, I know my electric bill will shoot up in the mid summer air conditioning blitz. In the fall, winter and spring, I should over pay my electric bill to build up a surplus of prepaid electrical power to use in mid summer when my air conditioning bill goes sky high.
This plan lets you be flexible and over pay, what you can, when the energy bills are low and coast a little when the bills are high. I have not encountered a utility company that objected to being over paid.
It is a good flexible budget plan that you control. When your bill payment gets lost in the mail, the power company will not be mad because you are their best paying customer.
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