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Nicor Bill, HOLY Shiznitz!!!!!!

WOW! Just got my new monthly bill budget plan from Nicor, more than doubled to $200.mo!!! I was at $88/mo for the past year or so. Anyone else see this kind of shit? Man, what a rip! Damn Thieves!!!!!

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< Budget schudget....they are making big money on this "plan"

It's helpful for those that don't want a $400 surprise in February, but if you just plan ahead you will be better off. Nicor isn't stupid, they have a very good idea what heating prices will be this year. They are taking that $200 payment that should only be $88 and investing it.
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We talked about this guys......did you expect something different?

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Listen to Kruz
that budget plan sucks ass.




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Ouch. Not looking forward to my gas bill. It will be in the thousands.

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Actually, when i talked to them my bill would have been $360 if it wasn't for the budget plan. My neighbor next door who is NOT on the budget plan just got a $410 bill!! So I have to disagree on the budget plan thing with you guys.

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My neighbor next door who is NOT on the budget plan just got a $410 bill!!

he's running his heat already???

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he's running his heat already???
Not much. And either am I maybe only in the am for a short while.
They are already making bill adjustments for the future based on your past
usage. Not what you are using now.

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Not much. And either am I maybe only in the am for a short while.
They are already making bill adjustments for the future based on your past
usage. Not what you are using now.
EXACTLY, so how did your neighbor get a huge bill when he isnt on the budget plan. either he's had his heat set to 90 for the last month, or something is wrong.

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geez, you guys need to stop walking around the house totally naked or something. $200 for a gas bill? I think with the recent weather change, the furnace has only kicked on one night so far that I can recall.

time to go do all that fun homeowner stuff that you use to ignore in apartment life: caulk around windows on the outside, seal electrical outlets, wrap leaky window frames on the inside, add insulation, ....

other stuff to do, leave your curtains wide open on the southern exposure of your place so that sunlight warms up the interior...

now you have me wondering what my nicor bill is going to be since I haven't it seen it in the pile of bills yet
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EXACTLY, so how did your neighbor get a huge bill when he isnt on the budget plan. either he's had his heat set to 90 for the last month, or something is wrong.

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Yes I have not turned my furnace on yet. I keep the fan running to circulate the air and have cieling fans on low at all times to blow the warm air from the ceiling area down to the floor. I also use my wood buring fireplace if it gets cold. I put off as long as I can turning the furnace on.

btw my house is never below 70 degrees with this method and its isnt costing me anything.




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Yes I have not turned my furnace on yet. I keep the fan running to circulate the air and have cieling fans on low at all times to blow the warm air from the ceiling area down to the floor. I also use my wood buring fireplace if it gets cold. I put off as long as I can turning the furnace on.

btw my house is never below 70 degrees with this method and its isnt costing me anything.
I do exactly the same, exsept I do have my heat on for a couple of weeks now, because I have a kid that can not get sick due to asthma. Still I have programmed the thermostat to turn on at certain times and stay at 72, 70 at night and 65 during the day while we are working. I don't think it kicked in that many times. I will look for the bill but I would be surprised to see it that high.

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My last bill was like $25. WTF are people turning on furnaces for this early in the year?

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Your total cost this year whether you are on the "Budget Plan" or not will be the same. All Nicor does is smooth it out to more consistent monthly payments based on your usage history and their forecasts.

This means you will be paying more in months you normally would not, less in peak heating months, and more after the harsh winter months.
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Your total cost this year whether you are on the "Budget Plan" or not will be the same. All Nicor does is smooth it out to more consistent monthly payments based on your usage history and their forecasts.

This means you will be paying more in months you normally would not, less in peak heating months, and more after the harsh winter months.

I actually like this idea. I understand they are investing it, but quite frankly it makes sense and really helps to smooth out these costs when devising a proper budget. Everyone is different

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We got windows open, just fans on low, no heat at all......Since Oct 1....

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Your total cost this year whether you are on the "Budget Plan" or not will be the same. All Nicor does is smooth it out to more consistent monthly payments based on your usage history and their forecasts.

This means you will be paying more in months you normally would not, less in peak heating months, and more after the harsh winter months.

Whoa, we're financing gas now, this is crazy.

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Brian...you are entitled to your non-academic opinion.
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Brian...you are entitled to your non-academic opinion.

lol.....I know. I just don't see the point in holding the money back if it smoothes out your personal budget. It's not like taxes were if you pay extra your waiting a whole year to get it back. You're talking a matter of months. Realistically your not creating liquidity for yourself by not using the budget when your going to turn around in a few months and pay the high prices again. ---just my non-academic opinion

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Besides who is really sitting there saying, Lets see I normally would have spent this much more on the gas bill if it was cold out so I will take this money and invest it.

most are spending it on alcohol and strippers.




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Why not just prepay your bill then? Same idea as the "Budget Plan" but you retain control.
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Besides who is really sitting there saying, Lets see I normally would have spent this much more on the gas bill if it was cold out so I will take this money and invest it.

most are spending it on alcohol and strippers.


lol....you know me too well

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Why not just prepay your bill then? Same idea as the "Budget Plan" but you retain control.

because they have sophisticated models built to caclulate useage and smooth out my budget. Most people don't have time to put that kind of work into it.

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Why not just prepay your bill then? Same idea as the "Budget Plan" but you retain control.
I actually have doen this, I sent them an extra 100 last month just to get it out of my hands so it wouldnt go twords brians alcohol and stripper fetish


Note I must blame brian, this way my wife it mislead by the subtrofuge




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Note I must blame brian, this way my wife it mislead by the subtrofuge

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