Gas bills may be slightly higher this year. Piedmont Natural Gas predicts an average increase of $5 to $7 per month for residential customers this winter.
The company released its annual winter forecast for residential customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Piedmont reports that an increase in wholesale cost of natural gas will cause residential service to be "modestly" higher this winter, according to a news release issued by the company. The increase started in November and will end during the March winter period.
“The forecast is based on a normal winter...pattern,” said Piedmont Natural Gas Spokesman, David Trusty.
Trusty said turning the thermostat to down to 68 degrees and sealing doors and windows with cracks will decrease the amount of heat used to warm a home, helping cut energy consumption and costs.
“It does not cost money to reduce your energy consumption,” Trusty added.
In 2011 and 2012 the wholesale cost of natural gas fell to its lowest point. The wholesale cost of natural gas has increased since then; and Piedmont’s forecast assumes that the weather will be normal this winter.
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