My electric bill has slowly been creeping up as the cold weather came to the Mid-Atlantic region at the beginning of the year. I decided that it is such a pain to budget when you don’t know what your utility bill is each month that I would call the electric company (called Pepco here in DC) to get on a budget plan. With the budget plan, Pepco averages out how much I pay over the course of the year and comes up with a flat rate that I will pay each month. This will definitely help me to not go over that spending area in my budget. I also did something that I should have done weeks ago to cut down the chill in my drafty apartment, I covered my windows with plastic and can definitely tell the difference. I can go just about the whole summer without turning on the air conditioner except for when I have company, but I can’t stand being cold in the winter.