Natural gas prices rising in area
Winter heating bills for the average Columbia Gas customer will increase by $28 a month over last winter's due to the continuing rise in natural gas prices, according to the company.
"We are seeing an increase in the cost of natural gas. We just pass that on to the customers," Robert Boulware, a Columbia Gas spokesman, said Monday. "We will not make a profit on this."
The average customer who uses about 90 cubic feet of gas per month will see a monthly gas bill increase of about $28 over last winter, the company said.
That increase incorporates the $10 hike Columbia Gas implemented for the same reason over the summer, Boulware said.
The cost of natural gas is about 38 percent higher this winter than last year due to an increase in wholesale gas costs, according to a statement from Columbia Gas.