Columbia Gas customers noticing increase in winter gas bills

Hampden County

Columbia Gas customers are noticing more expensive gas bills.

Columbia Gas said the winter price for gas doubled, and that’s being reflected in their customers gas bills. 

Columbia Gas spokesman Scott Ferson told 22News the price of gas increased from about .33 cents to .65 cents per hundred cubic feet on November 1.

Ferson said their suppliers typically double the price of gas during the winter months, due to more people using gas to heat their homes. Some Springfield customers are worried they won’t be able to pay their heating bills this winter.

“Some people are going to have to work extra time to get the bills paid off before the new year,” said Nathaly Almonte of Springfield. “It’s going to be a lot for people who can’t pay that.”

Ferson told 22News the new winter pricing for gas was approved by the Department of Public Utilities and has nothing to do with the ongoing gas pipeline repair work in the eastern part of the state.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts home heating costs to rise .33 percent in the northeast due to an expected colder winter.

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