Utilities Are Set Up to Beat Expectations

Aside from the blustery winds that are whipping around the greater Washington, D.C., area, I almost fell out of my chair when I opened my gas utility bill. I was bracing for a higher bill because of the severe winter weather, but I was not mentally prepared for the 15% increase in my bill in February compared with January. I say that because my January bill jumped more than 38% from my December bill.

I suspect I am not alone in this, and I believe that many people across the U.S. will be similarly shocked when they open their February-dated bills for gas and electric. Since more snow is expected across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the country, along with a return of freezing temperatures early next week, the first half of March is shaping up to continue the cold trend. That likely means homeowners and businesses will not see a huge drop in their March bills. I'd expect some declines, but odds are that the March bill will be higher than it was a year earlier....472 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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