This is our gas bill. The bad part to admit is that we only have gas heat downstairs. All of our appliances are electric and the upstairs heat is electric. I don't know what to say. It has been a cold month. Ok, for you people where 32 is not cold just laugh right now. We don't keep our heat down to 65 like some of you - what is wrong with you?! We are sissies and have kept it at 72. And we were still cold. We have a two story family room and foyer so I guess the heat is rising. We currently don't have baseboards anywhere in the lower level. We took them off to install the wood floors and have not replaced them yet. When you get up next to the walls there is a lot of cold air that is coming in. Hopefully that has something to do with it. But, wow, we can't continue to pay bills like this. We have turned the heat down to 70.
This brings up a question: do you have a budget amount that you stick to for stuff like electric bill and you make sure to stay within that amount or do you have an average amount and some months it is more and some less so it averages to that amount? I have an average. So, some months you go over in that amount and then in the summer we won't have heat and it will average out. I account for all of our things that we pay for each year and set aside monthly the average amount for each item. It was harder to do this when we did not have an emergency fund or any wiggle room but it works for us now.