I moved to a state a little farther north than what I am used to, & I absolutely paid for it – literally! Where I am is still considered the South, so I wasn’t even preparing myself for a dire Wintertime. Boy, was I in for a rude awakening. The fall weather already had our teeth chattering, as the fall here was the equivalent of the Wintertime weather where I came from. Luckily, that meant I didn’t have to run our Heating and Air Conditioning unit 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 our patio door. Then the Wintertime came. At first, I was happy to see what an actual Wintertime would be like, then when the first snow came, I was in awe. Seeing thosewhite flakes float down to the grass was exciting & lovely to watch. I could have lived without the low hot & cold temperatures though. As blissful as I was to be living in snow, I was dissatisfied 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 sit it anymore & had to turn our oil furnace on, just dreading the bill that it would leave me with at the end of the month. Sure enough, our electric bill was ridiculously high. It almost had me crying. As it turns out, the Wintertime counts as a peak time here, so the energy use has a higher fee than it does while every one of us were in the milder seasons. I was so angry. Thank goodness that’s over, & I’m no longer reliant on our heater.