Expect Lower Heating Bills

North Carolina households can expect lower heating bills this winter as the recession forces energy costs down.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that slower economic activity has cut demand and forced energy producers to cut costs. Electricity and natural gas utilities have been able to lower their costs.

PSNC Energy is expected to charge 28 percent less, saving about $38 for the typical home natural gas bill.

Piedmont Natural Gas will charge about 16 percent less this winter.

Progress Energy is asking state regulators for a rate cut of less than 50 cents a month for the typical household.

Duke Energy, however, raised its rates about 5 percent this month.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Sep 9, 2009 at 03:47 PM
    Any body that believes this....well you know the saying.
  • by Matt Location: NC on Sep 9, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    I'll believe it when I see it. Still planning to burn my woodstove.
  • by Elizabeth Location: G-Vegas on Sep 9, 2009 at 09:06 AM
    Please tell us in Greenville will we benefit so far I have not seen any changes and I'm only home for 13 hrs and then I'm sleep the rest of the time I am at work, oh by the way they read my meters from the street and the one thing I don't understand , the meter is behind a big tree so how does it scan the meter? I guess it goes thru the wood to scan it, that's strange to me esp.when no-one is there much and everybody that knows me will tell you I don't like a lot of heat so why am I getting high utility bills,don't question the bills because you are always going to be wrong, I know this because I seen them parked in the street supposely reading the meter thru a big tree covering up the meter on the side of my house.GET REAL CITY OF GREENVILLE.
  • by T Location: Washington on Sep 9, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    Nobody has told Washington Utilities this. They are steady going up bilking money out of people that are barely making it.
  • by Marcus Location: Pitt County on Sep 9, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    This is a joke right? Greenville Utilities has raised rates and not reduced anything. Compared to last year at this same time, I have paid over $200.00 more than up to now than for the whole year of 2008. I guess I can laugh all the way to the poor house.
  • by Broke down Location: Farmville on Sep 9, 2009 at 07:02 AM
    Hey maybe I can pay off LAST years gas bill with all my savings!! Oh,wait --wrong channel--wake up stupid cause you are dreaming again!! Especially if you think there will be any cash flow at the house this winter. Gotta go-- time to fluff up and air out extra blankets!!!hahahaha
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Sep 9, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    So is GUC still planning an increase in their rates for November still since prices are suppose to go down?
  • by bell Location: jacksonville on Sep 9, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    i live in jacksonville nc. i have jones onslow for heat and air. are they going to do the same?????i just put out between $600.00 to $700.00 in the past two month's for my bill to them!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Big Al Location: NC on Sep 9, 2009 at 06:17 AM
    I don't understand why we have energy rates that are so much higher than the rest of the state!? Compare utility rates with other metro areas yourself and see the difference.
  • by DISGRUNTLED Location: AYDEN,NC on Sep 9, 2009 at 05:27 AM
    WHILE WE CAN EXPECT LOWER HEATING BILLS, WE CAN, THEREFORE, EXPECT HIGHER TAXES FROM THE POLITICIANS. IF THE POWER COMPANIES LOWER THEIR RATES, THAT MEANS THAT THE NET INCOME WILL BE REDUCED, AND THE GOVERNMENT TAXES THE COMPANIES ON THE PROFITS THEY MAKE. SO, TO OFFSET THIS DIFFERENCE, THE POLITICIANS WILL HAVE TO RAISE TAXES TO OFFSET THE DIFFRENCE. THE TAXPAYING CITIZENS JUST CAN NOT WIN.
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