Gas, heat prices expected to increase 30% this winter

Plus, tips to keep utility bill prices down this season.

October 7, 2021, 12:40 p.m.

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As Americans continue to cook at home, do laundry, and use more electricity amid the pandemic, utility bills are expected to rise in price this winter.

Ken Gurny, a New York homeowner, told Good Morning America that her family has been trying to save energy since the pandemic shot up their electricity bills.

But as residents work to reduce electricity consumption, the cost of heating their homes is rising.

PHOTO: In this undated picture, a person is setting a thermostat.

In this undated picture, a person is setting a thermostat.

The National Energy Assistance Directors Association predicts US gas bills could soar by as much as 30% this winter.

“This year there are no signs that these prices are going down,” Managing Director Mark Wolfe told GMA.

The natural gas association told GMA in a statement that while it did not expect any bottlenecks, “natural gas market prices are higher than expected due to the economic recovery, strong natural gas demand from last winter and slower production.”

From January to March last winter, the Gurney family said they paid about $ 2,300 to heat their home, meaning that number has increased by $ 700 this year to a total of $ 3,000 over the same period could.

Aside from putting on a sweater and lowering the thermostat, there are other savings strategies to consider.

With an intelligent thermostat like the Nest, you can use a smartphone app to program a lower temperature at certain times of the day. The company estimates it saves users 10-12% on heating bills every year.

Amazon has hit the market with its Alexa-compatible smart thermostat, which is slated to hit the market in November.

The US Department of Energy suggests a simpler solution: replace an old, dirty filter on the stove to save between 5% and 15% on heating bills.

The Natural Gas Association suggests, “If customers are having trouble paying their natural gas bills, there are programs out there that can help.”

Wolfe said the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is a “federal program that helps people pay their energy bills.”

In addition, experts suggest that heat loss can be prevented by looking for cold spots with a thermal gun. Point the device at the ceiling, wall, and doors to see where gaskets can help, replace insulation, or mend cracks.

In addition, more heating and cooling devices are running on electricity rather than gas or oil, which is more energy efficient and a better option for the environment.

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