Heating Your Home With Gas Could Cost $931 This Winter

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The Balance / Alice Morgan

Heating your home with natural gas could cost $931 this winter, a 28% jump from last year, according to a new government estimate.

The expected spike in home heating costs is due both to soaring prices for natural gas (the most common heating method for U.S. households) and a forecast for a relatively cold winter, the Energy Information Administration said Wednesday.

A colder-than-expected winter could boost that cost further to $1,096 for October through March, a 51% increase compared to the same period last year.

Energy costs have been a major source of overall inflation that’s running close to its highest in four decades eating into household budgets. One major reason for those higher natural gas bills: the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia is the major supplier of natural gas to Europe, and has curtailed the supply in retaliation for sanctions that Western nations have imposed on Russia to punish it for the invasion. American suppliers have been helping make up the difference by shipping gas to Europe, and that’s put upward pressure on U.S. prices.

If you use heating oil, electricity, or propane to heat your house, you’re not off the hook: compared to last winter, those costs are expected to rise 27%, 10%, and 5% respectively, the EIA said.

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  1. U.S. Energy Information Administration. “Short-Term Energy Outlook- Winter Fuels Outlook, October 2022.”

  2. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis FRED. “Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers: All Items in U.S. City Average (CPIAUCSL).”

  3. International Energy Agency. “Natural gas markets expected to remain tight into 2023 as Russia further reduces supplies to Europe.”

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