Consumers should expect to pay more for natural gas this winter.
The American Gas Association says colder temperatures will increase usage for those who heat with natural gas. And prices will be higher because they’re set according to demand.
A senior analyst with the trade group says the average consumer will spend ten percent more on natural gas this winter compared to last year. But he says that’s still better than the cost several winters ago.
Production is stable and there’s ample underground storage, so no supply disruptions are anticipated.
Experts says that are things you can do to help make your home more energy efficient, and help keep costs down. Popular Mechanics offers the following hints:
- Change Furnace Filters
- Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse
- Winterize Your A/C and Water Lines
- Turn Down Your Water Heater
- Stop Drafts Coming in Under Doors
- Give Your Heating System a Tune-Up
- Mind That Thermostat
- Put Up Some Plastic
- Use Caulking and Weatherstripping
- Boost Insulation
- Put on a Sweater