Lately, I have been noticing that one of my utilities has been operating slower than it normally does. One might think I am talking about my internet provider but I am not. I am speaking about my natural gas service. I noticed this because the burners on my stove and in my furnace are not as strong at the same levels as they were a month ago. It is not the biggest difference, but it is noticeable and I am a bit concerned about what this means. I called the power company about this and they said it was rationing due to a temporary shortage. It is the middle of winter, I need to run the furnace to heat my home, and there is currently a shortage of gas? This is completely unacceptable and I let the customer service representative know about it. To be fair I should not have yelled at him, but it is mind-blowing that there is not enough gas to go around right now. I feel like I should be using another kind of power source but that would be an expensive hassle to undertake. I would have to purchase a new furnace and have an HVAC technician hook it up to the rest of the HVAC system. That is thousands of dollars I am not prepared to spend right now. The person at the power company did say this was only going to be a temporary thing and that they are still able to provide everyone with gas, but the thought that something like my furnace or hot water heater could all of sudden be useless in the middle of winter is a cold one.