Holy gas bill, batman!!

In order to fit our gas bill into our budget and avoid high costs in the winter and low costs in the summer, we’ve been on averaged monthly billing with our gas company for over a year now. Our bill for the past year has been $52/month. Not bad, right?

Well, January is the month that we originally signed up, and therefore means this is the time they reevaluate our bill.

Even though we keep our heat at 68 degrees around the clock (it’s hard to go much colder with a child who won’t wear blankets when she sleeps), and our gas usage has not increased at all over the past year, our bill has gone up to $159/month!! HOLY CRAP!! That’s one hell of an increase!

We don’t have an extra $107/month to send to the gas company. I’m not sure how we are going to pay for it. A friend of mine was telling me that we might qualify for assistance so I’m going to check that out.

Of course this comes at a time when we are trying to eat more healthfully, including buying many organic foods which, plain and simply, cost more. Arg.

It’s just so disheartening. It’s not like there’s anything we can do about it (is there?). We can’t not have gas – we need heat, we need hot water.

I know others have seen similar, if not more dramatic, increases in their gas bills lately as well. Is there something we can do to help bring the prices down? Anyone have any ideas?

This just plain stinks. :(

Btw, I had hoped to jump on the bandwagon and do my first Thursday Thirteen today, but I just haven’t had a chance to write up a list. Maybe next week! :)