Energy companies: get ready for upcoming heating bills
by Jake Lowary -- jlowary@cadizrecord.com
Oct 12, 2005 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As prices for gasoline hover near $3 per gallon, natural gas companies are warning customers that heating bills are going to be as much as 60 percent higher than last year.

Atmos Energy, the main provider of natural gas to western Kentucky, said last week that due to the hurricanes Katrina and Rita, gas prices have been dramatically affected and the hurt will carry to its customers.

“Gas prices, though, will be much higher than last winter, and we are quite concerned about their impact, especially on our customers,” Kentucky Division President John Paris said in a release.

Paris said the hurricanes disrupted approximately 15 percent of the nation’s natural gas production, which he said also is under high demand from power plants and other users.

He also noted the possibility that cooler temperatures could affect gas prices, as temperatures were considerably mild last winter.

Public Information Director Tom Higdon said despite the added costs, there are many ways to help keep costs down while the temperatures are low.

For instance, he said you could keep furniture away from heating vents to help distribute heat evenly through the home. Also, he said possibly changing a thermostat could help keep costs down.

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