Some people prefer to pay for variable rates on their utility plans, but I don’t. When you have a variable plan, the amount you use affects how much you pay. While this may be good for some people who know they will only use a small amount of a certain utility at any given time, for those of us who have much more unpredictable lifestyles, this can be a problem. I had a variable company, and had to find an Ohio gas company that offered a flat rate plan, because at times my gas bill was higher than I wanted it to be.
My parents fall on the side of people who prefer the variable plan because they use less. They can cut back a lot on their usage because they don’t do as much as someone in their early 30s. They do this with their other utilities, and there are some things that they don’t even have, because they feel they don’t need them. They don’t pay for cable because they can get all of the local channels for free and don’t care about any of the other special channels. They also use the Internet, which cuts out their need for it.
Under the new gas company that I have, the rate is capped off to an amount that is somewhere between the highest and lowest of what I would pay when I was using the variable rate plan. No matter how much I use the gas stove, or how long I leave the heat on in the winter, the price of gas will never go up. My parents thought it would be better if I just used less gas, but that’s not always possible. I might have to follow their thinking when it comes to getting rid of the cable box.