Cold Temperatures Mean High Gas Bills

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 27, 2006

If you haven’t already received your gas bill, be ready for a jump in your monthly rate. 

"Everyone in Northern California should be prepared for bills to go up, not down." 

Mindy Spatt is with a consumer group called Utility Reform Network. She says the best way to lower your bill is by conserving. Meantime, Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Jennifer Ramp says you’re still paying about 13-dollars less than last December. 

"Although gas prices do go up in the winter times because we do use more gas – it’s based on the demand – they are lower than last year’s. This year they’re about 15% lower for the month of December over last December." 

She says setting your thermostate to 68-degrees or lower during the day and 55-degrees at night can save up to 10% on heating costs.