Ouch! We just got our gas and electric bill for December. It was $470! It’s usually around $180, but the highest it has ever been is about $220. And the freezing cold days we’ve had in the last few weeks weren’t even included. I’m going to have to do some digging to find out what happened. If you are in the same boat, check out ways to Save Money on Utilities.

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Comments to Winter Utility Bills, Jim Cramer, and Interest Rate Changes

  1. Our gas and electric bill was almost exactly the same as yours. When I took a closer look at it, it’s all on the gas side. The average daily temp was a good 8 degrees cooler than last year and the usage showed. However, our electric was right in line with the past few Decembers.

    F2O

  2. We actually saw our energy bills go down this month from last year. We installed new windows and it looks like our gas bill is 30% lower than last year…even though it’s been much colder this year. We still have a long way to go before the savings offset the cost of the new windows.

    bdcblogs


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