For a freaking GAS BILL. When it hasn't even been all that cold. When we have a digital thermostat programmed to use less energy during the day when no one is at home and at night when we are sleeping. DOUBLE what our bill was a year ago (with the same amount of energy consumed).
Yeah, I get it. The Gulf Coast was hit hard. I know. And it's probably insensitive of me to say, "I don't care if the Gulf Coast was hit hard, this is outrageous."
I get that Washington Gas is a Public Utility, not a for-profit organization. I get that they pay what they pay and we pay them back for it. I get that it's one of the costs of owning a home. I'm especially amused by the note they put in the bill about hypothermia. Because yeah, there are definitely going to be people who simply turn off their heat for the rest of the winter, and there could be some casualties from that.
Can we pay the damn bill? Sure, but it's going to hurt. A lot. But what about people who CAN'T? I've heard people's bills in the local area ranging from $342-450. $450!!! Holy COW!
I know there's not a darned thing that can be done about it. I'm just frustrated.
I never thought I'd say this, but I'm actually considering moving to Florida.