US heating bills will jump as much as 54% this winter, says government

US heating bills will jump as much as 54% this winter, says government

Get ready to pay sharply higher bills for heating this winter, along with seemingly everything else. With prices surging worldwide for heating oil, natural gas and other fuels, the US government said Wednesday it expects households to see their heating bills jump as much as 54% compared with last winter. Nearly half the homes in the US use natural gas for heat, and they could pay an average $746 this winter, 30% more than a year ago. Those in the midwest could get particularly pinched, with bills up an estimated 49%, and this could be the most expensive winter for natural gas heated homes since 2008-2009. The second-most used heating source for homes is electricity, making up 41% of the country, and those households could see a more modest 6% …
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