There’s been quite a bit of recent talk about rising natural gas prices, and it looks like our gas company may have been listening… We’re on their Equal Payment Plan, wherein they project our total usage over the next year and then bill us in eleven equal payments. In the twelfth month we settle up — if we overpaid we get a refund, and if we underpaid we have an additional bill. While I haven’t heard anything official about price increases, we just received the statement laying out our monthly obligation for the upcoming year. Guess what? Our monthly payment is up 19%, from $79/month to $94/month. Granted, this is just their best guess, but over the last couple of years they’ve been pretty close to spot on. Hopefully this winter won’t be colder than normal, or we could end up paying even more.
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