Arctic cold expected to impact utility bills - WNEM TV 5

Arctic cold expected to impact utility bills

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

WNEM.com has a Consumer Alert as home owners report sticker shock when seeing their latest utility bill.

Experts say our heating bills could rise as much as 20 percent, and one expert told USA Today he wouldn't be surprised if January's bills are the highest they've been in several years.

That's because sub-zero temperatures mean furnaces and boilers are working harder to keep homes warm.

Here are some average increases we've found – propane is currently going for around $2.94 per gallon, up about 68 cents from last year. Heating oil's up four cents, to about $4.05 per gallon and natural gas costs around $9.40 per thousand cubic feet.

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