The subject of my topic may shock you.
Your Power Bill
Surprised? Confused? That is no problem, I shall explain. You see my power company is kind enough to offer something called equalized billing. The reason this is offered is to help you out during those high cost winter months (my bill goes from about $90 in the summertime to about $350 in Jan/Feb, just to give you an idea) by spreading the total cost of your power bill over the year into nice and tidy equal monthly payments. I guess people have trouble budgeting (SHOCKING!) for this “unforeseen” event of a high winter power bill. Well guess what people…IF YOU CANT AFFORD $400/MTH FOR POWER…YOU STILL CANT AFFORD IT BY SPREADING IT OUT OVER THE YEAR! I truly think this “equalized billing” should be renamed “evilized billing” because it is quite full of trickery. Sure, now that you’ve spread out your payments, it’s ok to crank up the heat…you can “afford it now”. What if the grocery store did this same thing? You go pick up whatever you want and pay $100 each time, then after a year they let you know how much MORE money you owe them. Of course it will be more money, who would try to save money if this were the format at the checkout? Unfortunate, but that is the way (most) people think and operate….but not you right? (In the voice of Borat) High Five!
This topic got me fired up today since some coworkers and I were discussing the frigid winter we are having and the effect on our power bills. “Boy, I’m glad I’m on equalized!” said one. “Me too!” echoed another. Of course when I told them I was not , they looked at me like I was the crazy one. I didn’t get into much more of a debate about it unfortunately.
The Fake Cheap out.