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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 11:25 PM

Heating costs to rise this winter as cold returns

Source: AP-Excite

By JONATHAN FAHEY

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans will pay more to heat their homes this winter as they feel something they didn't feel much of last year: cold.

Prices for natural gas, heating oil and other fuels will be relatively stable. But customers will have to use more energy to keep warm than they did a year ago, according to the annual Winter Fuels Outlook from the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration.

Last winter was the warmest on record. This year temperatures are expected to be close to normal.

Heating bills will rise 20 percent for heating oil customers, 15 percent for natural gas customers, 13 percent for propane customers and 5 percent for electricity customers, the EIA announced Wednesday.

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Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20121010/DA1QTQ1G0.html




In this Jan. 2, 2008, file photo, Wayne Holland of the Suburban Propane company delivers oil in Barre, Vt. Americans will pay more to heat their homes during the 2012-2013 winter season as they feel something they didn't feel much of last year: cold. Fuel prices will be relatively stable, but customers will have to use more energy to keep warm than they did a year ago, according to the annual Winter Fuels Outlook from the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 11:40 PM

1. I don't think my estimated $15.00 COLA will cover that.

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Response to Downwinder (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:53 AM

7. What did you do with the 20%, 15%, 13%, or 5% you saved last winter when bills were lower...

...because it was warmer?

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #7)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 12:19 PM

9. Used it for air conditioning

for the record hot summer we had here in KC>

I don't think I saved a thing in the long run.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 12:27 PM

10. Good answer...eom

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 11:40 PM

2. I checked today..

$3.89 a gallon for #2 heating oil... 150 gallon minimum delivery, C.O.D. Add state sales tax too...
I use about 350 gallons per year, about $1400 to get through the season, and I'm already using my furnace.

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Response to thatgemguy (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 11:46 PM

3. It cooled off a lot where I live. All electric, but the winter rates are lower, though.

I remember getting my propane tank in the country filled and it would be a lot. I'augmented the heating by using my woodstove. In order to not get that large bill, I signed up for balanced billing. It spread the pain out the rest of the year. Can you do that?

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Response to thatgemguy (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:47 AM

8. We got our delivery of 350 gallons yesterday.

It's been going into the 30's here at night so we too have had the furnace on at night. It's practically an antique and so it drives up our electric bill on top of the oil cost. (We rent, so no option to upgrade.)

We used 300 gallons last year. I'm hoping the extra 50 will be enough.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 01:19 AM

4. Natural gas prices should go down.

That doesn't mean they will.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 01:19 AM

5. Ez. We're buying $40 B/mo of mtg/backed assets to help the wealthy. Maybe we


just divert a little of that to help cold families and millions of children with heating bills? There's about 10.ish million families considered "working poor", more who try to keep from drowning while living under twice the "poverty rate". I bet they would appreciate it more than people like Sheldon Adelson.

I mean, I know that whole help the rich thing is supposed to be good for us, (while the homeowners are being foreclosed out of their homes, though. That's seems wrong, doesn't it?) trickle on us or something, but maybe we could try a more direct approach for a year or two, without having to just hope for the magic rain money?

Just thinkin' out loud...




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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:51 AM

6. It's because last winter was warm and this winter will be average temperatures

There isn't some grand global trend to bring down the fist of privation on the poor folks.

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 01:45 PM

11. I'm sure that will be comforting to the many old women shivering in the dark,

while we support Adelson's lifestyle - because that's good for all of us.

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 01:47 PM

12. And the hungry kids that we expect to be teaching... n/t

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 02:33 PM

14. Wow. Worked real hard on that one, didn't you, tucker?

You didn't even read the article.

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #14)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 03:31 PM

15. Waste of time. What's your point? n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 02:23 PM

13. There's a LP gas surplus in Iowa because the drought killed the corn

that it was intended for (drying). $1.25 a gallon right now.

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