August 25, 2008
Record Heating Bills Expected This Winter
Costs of heating oil, natural gas and electricity in the United States are expected to hit record highs this winter, a U.S. government report says.
If government predictions come true, homeowners will spend $22 billion more to heat their homes this winter than they did last year, USA Today says, quoting experts' figures.
Homeowners with natural gas, the most popular heating source in the nation, will pay $1,059, a 23.8-percent increase, according to the EIA forecast.
The EIA's projections are based on government meteorologists' expectations for a winter that's colder than last year but warmer than the average seen from 1971 to 2000.