I moved to a state a little farther north than what I am used to, plus I entirely paid for it – literally! Where I am is still considered the South, so I wasn’t even preparing myself for a serious Winter season. Boy, was I in for a rude awakening. The fall weather already had my teeth chattering, as the fall here was the equivalent of the Winter season weather where I came from. Luckily, that meant I didn’t have to run my HVAC component at all. I just threw on a sweatshirt when I got home. If I needed to cool down, all I had to do was open a window or my patio door. Then the Winter season came. At first, I was gleeful to see what an actual Winter season would be like, and when the first snow came, I was in awe. Seeing those pale white flakes float down to the grass was exciting plus great to watch. I could have lived without the low temperatures though. As blissful as I was to be living in snow, I was almost mad at the weather that it came with. It was so cold! All the blankets in the world couldn’t help me. I finally couldn’t kneel it anymore plus had to turn my heating system on, just dreading the bill that it would leave me with at the end of the month. Sure enough, my electric bill was insanely high. It almost had me crying. As it turns out, the Winter season counts as a peak time here, so the energy use has a higher fee than it does during the milder seasons. I was so angry. Thank goodness that’s over, plus I’m no longer reliant on my heater.