The Pryor Times

December 2, 2013

High heating bills expected

PRYOR, OK — AccuWeather reports bank accounts will take another small hit this winter season as residents across the nation will see an increase in their heating bills.

As AccuWeather's winter forecast predicts blankets of snow for the Rockies but an ease into winter for the East, expenditures for winter fuels are anticipated to rise, with the exception of heating oil costs.

More than 90 percent of homes in the United States are expected to have higher bills for heating costs this winter season, from Oct. 1 to March 31, 2014, in comparison to last, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, or EIA.

These bills could rise as early as this week, as the next three weeks will bring colder air to areas from the Ohio Valley to the Midwest. Farther west, prices could soon be jacked up as well due to higher energy usage.

"We will start to see more energy use in late November in areas centered from the Appalachians to the Midwest and in the northern Rockies," Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.

A variety of factors contribute to the continued increase of fueling costs in recent years including the aging infrastructure of the power grid, the changes in how energy is produced and distributed.