It has been a cold winter in the Treasure Valley and for some, that has meant large increases in utility bills for nearly everyone.

With snow on the ground since mid December, several snow days, and just overall low temperatures, keeping the inside of the house warm and "plugged in" has been a priority to many families.  Perhaps your TV was running more for the kids and of course, your thermostat set higher to keep up with sub-zero temperatures.

Opening up that utility bill may be cause for surprise. Some residents have seen balances double.  I opened up my gas bill just this week and was completely shocked at what heat would be costing me this month even with my thermostat in a 1-bedroom apartment set to 70 degrees.

For information on how to evaluate your power usage and tips on saving around the house daily, click HERE.