Heating costs to rise this winter as cold returns


The cost of heating your home this winter may depend on your energy provider.

The Energy Department said Wednesday that heating bills will rise 15 percent for natural gas customers, although local providers are projecting small decreases.

In central Indiana, Citizens Gas says to expect a three-percent decrease over last year. Vectren has told its customers that their bills will be five percent lower.

The Energy Department also said bills will rise 19 percent for heating oil customers as temperatures come closer to normal. Last winter was the warmest on record.

Fuel prices will be relatively stable, but customers will have to use more to keep warm than they did a year ago.

Heating oil customers, though, are expected to pay the highest heating oil prices and the biggest overall heating bills ever, an average of $2,494. That's 20 percent more than last year.

Citizens Energy Group is combining its gas, water and sewer billing this fall. Gas customers will see charges for water and sewer on their bill, along with natural gas fees. Existing gas customers will continue to use their current account number once the new bills are combined.

Customers who use Citizens for water and sewer but not gas will see their account numbers change. If you use electronic banking, you'll need to put in that new account number.

See frequently asked questions about Citizens combined bills.