Nation Wide Increase In Heating Costs Expected

By: WIBW (Posted by Kion Hudson)
By: WIBW (Posted by Kion Hudson)
Malcolm Joslin gets covered in snow as he clears his driveway in Berlin, Vt., Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. A winter storm warning remains in effect into  tonight for parts of Vermont. Snow is expected to continue today in the mountains of northern and central Vermont, where a total of 10 to 20 inches is expected.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Malcolm Joslin gets covered in snow as he clears his driveway in Berlin, Vt., Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. A winter storm warning remains in effect into tonight for parts of Vermont. Snow is expected to continue today in the mountains of northern and central Vermont, where a total of 10 to 20 inches is expected.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- We could see a significant rise in heating costs this winter as historically low natural gas prices move higher and temperatures are expected to be cooler.

The Wichita Eagle reports Kansas gas service, with 630,000 customers across the state, expects customer bills to rise about 6% from November to May, compared with last year's costs.

Black Hills energy has more than 600,000 customers in Kansas and neighboring states. It predicts gas prices will average 10- to 12% higher this year nationwide.

The midwest has seen unseasonably mild temperatures over the past two winters. That, coupled with low gas prices, have given residents a break on their heating bills.


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