I moved to a state a little farther north than what I am used to, and I entirely paid for it – literally! Where I am is still considered the South, so I wasn’t even preparing myself for a drastic 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 Heating and A/C machine 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. When the first snow came, I was in awe. Seeing those truly white flakes float down to the turf was exciting and beautiful to watch. I could have lived without the low temperatures though. As blissful as I was to be residing in snow, I was displeased 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 rest it anymore and had to turn my gas furnace 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 while I was in the milder seasons. I was so angry. Thank goodness that’s over, and I’m no longer reliant on my heater.