Our heating system is electric as opposed to gas. Electricity is generally higher in cost than gas, so our bills in the winter tend to be pretty high. Some of this is due to heat loss because of the large windows throughout our home (read next week to find out what we are doing to stop this heat loss). However, to avoid the unexpectedly high bills in the winter, we are on a budget plan with Xcel Energy. Every month, our bill is the same, even if our electric usage fluctuates. I believe gas companies offer the same plan, but we don't have a budget plan for our gas usage because the bill is so small. Call your electric and gas company to see if they offer a similar plan. It makes budgeting and planning much easy when you know exactly what your bills will be each month. Oh and be sure to confirm that there are no additional fees for this plan.