US Households Heated With Natural Gas Face 30% Increase In Winter Bills - Energy Dept.
Muhammad Irfan 11 days ago Thu 14th October 2021 | 03:10 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 14th October, 2021) Americans that rely on natural gas for home heating can expect to pay nearly one-third more this winter, with steeper increases for those using oil and propane, the Energy Information Administration said in a report.
"We expect that the nearly half of US households that heat primarily with natural gas will spend 30% more than they spent last winter on average - 50% more if the winter is 10% colder-than-average and 22% more if the winter is 10% warmer-than-average," the report said on Wednesday.
The 5 percent of households that rely on propane will most likely spend 54 percent more and the 4 percent using heating oil can expect bills to increase 43 percent, the report said.
The report bases its predictions on the most recent long-tern weather forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which projects a slightly cooler heating season than last year, but more in line with averages over the previous ten years.