Story at a glance:

  • Winter 2021-2022 is estimated to be the most expensive for natural-gas-heated homes since 2008-2009.
  • Households could see a bill totaling an average of $746 for the season.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting this winter to be colder.

This winter is estimated to be the most expensive for natural-gas-heated homes since 2008-2009.

Heating oil, natural gas and other fuels are seeing a worldwide price hike, and bills this winter could increase as much as 54 percent compared with last winter, The Guardian reported, citing an Energy Information Administration prediction released on Wednesday.


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Households that use natural gas for heat — nearly half of the total — could see a bill totaling an average of $746 for the season, which depending on where one lives is a 30 percent increase from last year.

People living in the Midwest are more likely to see a 49 percent increase in natural gas bills this winter – the biggest increase since 2008-2009.

The second utility to go up is electricity, which is the second-most used heating source in American homes at 41 percent.

There might be a 6 percent increase on the electricity bill that may be estimated to be $1,268.

While the use of heating oil or propane is not as common, the cost of those things are expected to increase.

Heating oil users could pay 43 percent more on average than what they paid last winter, while propane users could pay 54 percent more, according to NPR.

The Energy Information Administration is basing its estimations on weather predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is forecasting this winter to be colder – and even if the winter is a little warmer, residential consumers are expected to still pay more for heat.

Energy producers are casting blame on the Biden administration. Some of them, like the American Exploration & Production Council CEO Anne Bradbury, are saying the Biden administration is pushing policies that make it harder for U.S. producers to supply oil and natural gas.

"To ensure we have a stable and affordable supply of energy here in the United States, the Biden Administration should support the domestic production of oil and natural gas, ensure the continued production on federal land, work with the industry on sensible and smart methane regulations, and stop calling for higher taxes on the American oil and gas industry," Bradbury said, NPR reported.

The Energy Information Administration has countered that the main reason for the price increase is that demand for fuel has risen faster than producers have increased supply.


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Published on Oct 18, 2021