Thursday, October 12, 2006

Who's Lying?

Big drop seen in winter heating bills

Heating bills for many Americans are expected to be a lot lower this winter.
Bills for homes heating primarily with natural gas are expected to be about $119, or 13 percent, less this winter, the Energy Information Administration said.

CenterPoint: Natural gas bills likely to rise 12%

Consumers will pay 12 percent more to heat their homes with natural gas this winter than they did last year, but that's only because last winter was unusually warm, according to the annual forecast from the state's largest heating fuel provider.

I assume the difference is that Centerpoint is talking about bills for only its customers, where as the Energy Information Administration (did you know we even had one?) is looking at bills across the entire nation.

Both appear to agree that this year will be colder then last, and natural gas prices will be cheaper. But it was still odd to see both stories published on the same day.

Personally, I'm not convinced it matters if the price of natural gas goes down. I have full confidence Centerpoint will find some way to ensure my bill goes up. Increased transportation costs perhaps...


Bill Roehl said...

We're on the budget plan through our gas company and because we're a townhouse we're insulated on more sides than most homes. Because of that our gas bill (while estimated at $43/mo when we moved in) has been hanging around $26 a month since.

I think we end up paying about $7 in the summer months (June, July, August) and then it goes back up to $26... I haven't bothered to look as it's all on autopay now.

Maybe I should. I love seeing how low I can get that bill ;)

Steve Eck said...

Our bill is quite a bit more then $26 in the winter, but it's still not all that bad. Mainly because we have a fairly small house as things go these days.

I just thought it was funny that the gas company was talking about how expensive bills were going to be on the same day the government was insisting they would be lower.