Financial Sequelae of Prolonged Cold Snap

My former DIL called me to tell me how shocked she was over her power bill (it was over $400). It has been so much colder than normal, and she has small children recently sick with the flu, so the heat is on 24/7. An air to air heat pump just doesn’t work that efficiently when the weather turns so cold! She thought she had it bad but her sister’s power bill is $600. They aren’t sure how the bills will get paid due to employment issues.

I don’t think ours will be that high…at least, I hope not! We’ve only been turning on the heat when we arrive home and then turn off the heat when it is time to go to bed, something that parents with little ones can’t do.

Are y’all’s power bills under control?


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    JenDaisy said,

    mine was just over $200. But am awaiting this next bill….hopefully wont be too bad..

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    swampie said,

    Yeah, we know how high our electric bills are, so we’ve been only turning on the heat about 3 – 3 1/2 hours per day. Unfortunately, I’ve been running a space heater all night.

  3. 3

    bonz said,

    About $250 for December but it was the coldest in history. I turn the heat off at night

  4. 4

    swampie said,

    It was about 20 here this morning. As usual, there were kids coming to school in shorts. We can only assume that the parents were at work and let the kids dress themself and get to school.

    The house temp was in the 40s this morning. Yikes. Dressed over a space heater.

  5. 5

    swampie said,

    Heh. Probably a lil’ bit warmer down there than up here. We turn the heat off at night, too, and the temp in the house is in the 40s in the a.m.

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