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Winter Gas Bills Projected to be Significantly Lower This Year

10/6/2015
 
 
INDIANAPOLIS – Citizens Energy Group announced today natural gas bills will be much lower than last winter (November through March) if temperatures are normal. The average residential gas bill during that time was about $584. This year, assuming normal weather and typical usage, the average residential natural gas bill will be about $475 or about 19% less than last year.

Natural gas prices are not set by local utilities but rather by the market forces of supply and demand. Prices have fallen significantly in the past five years because of increases in U.S. production. Natural gas costs are passed on to customers on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
                                                                                               
“We are very pleased the drop in natural gas has a positive impact on our customers,” said Jeff Harrison, President and CEO of Citizens Energy Group. “Natural gas continues to be a stable, clean-burning fuel source. Even with the decrease, we understand some customers may still struggle to pay their bill so we continue to offer financial assistance.”
 
Assistance is Available
Marion County residents in need of energy assistance should call Connect2Help at 211 or visit IndyEap.org to make an appointment for the Energy Assistance Program or for a referral to a variety of other household assistance programs. Customers outside Marion County should call their local community action agency. If customers are falling behind on their bill, they are urged to call Citizens at 317-924-3311.
 
Citizens recommends all customers enroll in the Budget Plan to help manage their utility costs. To be eligible for the Budget Plan, customers are required to be current on their bill and have a good payment history. To inquire about eligibility or request a budget quote, customers can visit CitizensEnergyGroup.com or call 317-924-3311.
 
Ways to Save
  • Replace your furnace filter - Changing your furnace filter once a month helps your furnace work more efficiently.
  • Dial down your thermostat - A 10-degree reduction for an 8-hour period each day will reduce your heating bill 10 percent.
  • Dial down your water heater – A 10-degree reduction in water temperature saves 5 percent on energy costs.
  • For additional energy-saving tips visit, CitizensEnergySavers.com.

About Citizens Energy Group

Citizens Energy Group provides safe and reliable utility services to about 800,000 people in the Indianapolis area. Citizens operates its utilities only for the benefit of customers and the community. Additional information is available online at Facebook - Twitter - LinkedIn - YouTube

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