The Budget Plan
I'm surprised that more people aren't taking advantage of this payment option from Puget Sound Energy. Just recently I mentioned on Facebook that I had switched our PSE account to 100% Green. What that means is that all the electricity we pay for helps them produce green power like wind farms, etc. In our newsletter from PSE they had begun offering this way to purchase our power, and said that it would add about $10 to our monthly bill. When I got our first bill and it was exactly that amount, that was what I mentioned on Facebook.
Shocking Power Payments YOU Are Making
The comments I got in reply to my Facebook statement really shocked me. Some people are paying several hundred dollars out of their pockets each month and not really knowing how much they'll be doling out until they get their bills. (Technically, yes, they can go online and see what their bill will be when it's been posted) To me, that is just too uncertain though. I like to know approximately how much I'll be paying. I say approximately because they do re-calculate the billed amounts every six months or so and so depending on usage, fuel prices, and temperatures, our bill fluctuates a little up or down.
Budget Payment Plan
Our Budget Payment Plan which spreads your energy costs over a 12-month period helps you plan your household budget. Sign up by calling us at 1-888-225-5773.
Signing up is easy just call us at 1-888-225-5773.
If you need to pay your PSE bill in smaller, multiple payments over time, we're happy to work with you to find a mutually acceptable payment plan. Please call us at 1-888-225-5773 (TTY 1-800-962-9498).
The Choice Of How You Pay Is Up To You
So, having said all that, there was one question I had about who would qualify for the budget plan so I called PSE (1-888-225-5773) to ask: can those who are renting a home also qualify. The answer was YES. I would say though that it probably has more to do with your credit worthiness rather than if you are a home owner or a renter because essentially you are asking PSE to trust you to pay the full bill but do it on a time payment.
If you're a PSE energy customer you can visit their Ways to Pay page for more information, or call the number provided in this article.
The Last Word
This has all been about one bill. Your electricity bill. Now, take a look at all of your bills and determine which ones you might also be able to put on a budget payment plan. We have our Cascade Natural Gas bill on budget too. We pay our insurance on a montly plan also because that's what works for us. I think we all have options, and if you are having trouble coming up with large lump sums of money each month for your bills, then why not check into making your life a little more easy and affordable?
I don't work for PSE or any other utility. All the opinions stated are mine.